The joiner's work is distinguished from that .of the carpenter, as being necessary, not for the stability of the building, but for its comfort as a habitation.
These are all prepared in the workshop. A great deal at the present time is done by machinery, and the work of the joiner is daily becoming more confined to fixing only.
As the joiner's work is generally seen from a short distance, it must be fitted with care and exactness, and requires greater neatness and smoothness of finish than carpenters' work.
Large pieces of timber should never be used in joinery.
Joiners' work is generally put together with the aid of a cramp; great care should, however, be taken in cramping and wedging up to prevent a strain upon the woodwork, which would lead eventually to cracking and distortion.