The best carpenters in Canberra

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Who are the best carpenters available in Canberra? Photo: file.

Whether you’re renovating your home, building an extension, or constructing an entirely new building, the skill required to achieve a sound and safe construction is a bit beyond what any DIY carpentry tutorial might be able to teach. From selecting the proper materials, to conducting the correct measurements, to proper installation, there’s a lot that goes into proper carpentry – so it’s probably time to consider hiring a professional.

Whether you are looking to re-do your kitchen, or freshen up your entire home, a top-quality carpenter is here to help you. They’ll be able to tell you exactly what your construction needs in order to meet your requirements on time and in budget, while complying with building codes and environmentally-friendly practices. Hiring a professional carpenter means ensuring a safe, professional and efficient construction, giving you peace of mind during the whole process.

In this article we’ll give you a quick breakdown of some of the key things to consider when hiring a carpenter, and some details on Canberra’s best.

What makes a great carpenter?

How can you be 100 percent sure that the carpenter you’ve hired will do a fantastic job? Keep an eye out for the following traits:

  • Years of experience. Practice makes perfect, as the old saying goes. With years of experience behind them, a carpenter will have faced all kinds of jobs and challenges, and should therefore be able to meet your requirements with no problems.
  • A convincing portfolio. Quality carpentry can be incredibly beautiful. Take a look at prospective carpenters’ past work to get an idea of what they can offer you, and take note if they have worked on a project similar to yours.
  • Comprehensive services. The best carpenter delivers a comprehensive collection of services. There’s no job too big or too small, and your carpenter needs to be adaptable enough to complete your job properly.
  • Prompt and reliable. Great carpenters deliver what they promise on time and on budget. Make sure you ask about extra fees for call-outs or installation, and keep a good record of how much time they spend on your project so you don’t get caught out at the end.

The best carpenters in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

Oppikofer Joinery

Oppikofer Joinery is a multi-award winning company specialising in kitchen design and installation, so if you’re looking to renovate yours then consider making Oppikofer your go-to.

Oppikofer’s Managing Director, Beat Oppikofer, has over 20 years of experience in carpentry and joinery, beginning with apprenticeships in Switzerland, so if you’re looking to inject some Swiss-style efficiency into your kitchen then Oppikofer is more than able to help you in the process. All of Oppikofer’s kitchens are custom, so you know that what they design for you is completely unique and perfectly suited to your space and your requirements. Plus, they manufacture the products in-house, with state of the art computerised wood equipment, ensuring perfect precision and the highest standard available in all their carpentry.

Facebook user Rob Hickey wrote in their review, “Beat Oppikofer is extremely skilled at his work and delivers excellent craftsmanship. I would recommend his services to anybody looking for a new kitchen in the ACT area.”

Calibre Building

Calibre Building is a Canberra-based building and carpentry business with an incredibly wide range of services – from door and window installation, to complete renovations, to custom pieces, Calibre Building is more than able to take care of whatever job you need.

Calibre Building guarantees close attention to detail, promising you a finished product that will not only function properly but continue to look appealing for years to come. Whether you’re after a new bathroom, flooring, or a custom deck, consider having Calibre Building make that happen.

As Facebook user Gwendolyn Goon writes in their review, “We had such a pleasant experience dealing with Felix, he’s honest, reliable, responsive and fair with his pricing. Would highly recommend him for any work to be done – we absolutely love the pergola that he built for us!”

Created Bespoke Joinery & Furniture

Created Bespoke Joinery & Furniture is an award-winning, local carpentry business. They specialise in bespoke pieces, from joinery and furniture to complete kitchens and cabinetry – if you’re after a custom conversation-starter, Created should be your go-to.

Because they specialise in bespoke pieces, the customer is encouraged to be quite involved with the process from design to installation. With 3D design modelling and transparently sourced materials, as well as the option to used recycled materials for a more sustainable product, the team at Created are dedicated to providing you with the perfect end result.

As Google reviewer and ‘Local Guide’ Belle Chadwick writes in their review, I have used Chris and the team at Created for a personal residential kitchen update and in a commercial showroom. They are full of excellent ideas, accurate and speedy quoting. Created have been on time and on budget at every interaction. Highly recommend this businesses as their product is flawless. Installers were clever, clean and very friendly. Thanks Created! Look forward to our next job together!”

If you’re looking for more of Canberra’s construction contractors to help you build or renovate your space, check out our articles on the best tilers, the best flooring specialists, the best bricklayers, the best plasterers and the best painters in Canberra. Or, if you’re after a more specific service for your area, check out our recently updated articles on the best kitchen renovation companies and the best bathroom renovation companies our region has to offer.

Your experience with carpenters in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the carpenters listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I hire a professional carpenter?
While DIY woodworking projects can be fun, sometimes the demands of a carpentry project are beyond the realms of a simple at-home tutorial. Hiring a professional carpenter will not only guarantee you a high-quality product, whether that's an individual piece of furniture or a full renovation job, but will also give you peace of mind that the construction will be completed in an efficient and safe manner.
What should I expect from a professional carpenter?
A professional carpenter should be able to provide you with a number of services, be open to hearing your design plans, and able to translate those into something achievable and high-quality. From full renovations and construction projects to furniture repair, a great carpenter will be capable of completing any number of jobs.
Why should I buy bespoke carpentry?
While you can hire a carpenter to install pre-made products such as cabinetry or shelving, working with your carpenter to design a bespoke piece means you will end up with a product that is unique, perfectly suited to your space in terms of aesthetics and functionality, and a great conversation-starter in your home. If you can afford the extra dollars to go custom, then you should definitely consider it.
What's the difference between carpentry and joinery?
While the carpenters build the building elements, joiners focus on the installation. However, a good and comprehensive carpentry service will offer you installation of your product, so there's no real need to worry about having to hire an entirely separate service.
Is carpentry environmentally friendly?
Timber is probably one of the most environmentally friendly construction materials you can use. The majority of wood types used in carpentry are sourced from fast-growing species of trees such as conifers and pines, while materials like oak tend to replenish a lot slower. As long as the wood is being sourced ethically from sustainably-managed forests, then you can rest assured that your environmental impact is extremely low.

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8 Responses to The best carpenters in Canberra
Kittykate Kittykate 1:19 pm 10 Dec 10

Thanks for all the recommendations. I gave Adam at First Man a call, he gave me a very reasonable quote ($140) yesterday and is coming to take out the cabinet next Tuesday.

beejay76 beejay76 12:50 pm 08 Dec 10

I’ve had a small job done by Terry West: 0412990209. Good job, reasonable price and timely.

niceplacetolive niceplacetolive 12:38 pm 08 Dec 10

You need a cabinet maker or joiner, not a carpenter. Try looking up a joinery that specialises in custom joinery. You would be very unlikely to get someone else to do the work before Christmas, and if you can I would question the quality of their work.

I can assure you that quality joinery companies are not just sitting there waiting for your call at this time of the year.

ThisIsAName ThisIsAName 11:51 am 08 Dec 10

mikal said :

Sherwood Joinery (in the whitepages) are reasonably priced and reliable. We’re very happy with his work, as he recently re-did our kitchen.

I’ll second Sherwood Joinery:
One of his kitchens is 15 years old and still in good condition.
He recently did some cupboards etc in the same place – very nice work.

forwardranga forwardranga 10:17 am 08 Dec 10

First Man Trade Services – Speak with Adam.
Fantastic quality, great rates and very efficient.
Ask for examples of workmanship.

Ferarri Ferarri 10:12 am 08 Dec 10

Anthony Pierce from Pierce Trade Services 0412 525 567 – no job too big or small. I recommend him to all my clients who need storm or impact damage repaired.

mikal mikal 9:45 am 08 Dec 10

Sherwood Joinery (in the whitepages) are reasonably priced and reliable. We’re very happy with his work, as he recently re-did our kitchen.

Sammy Sammy 9:27 am 08 Dec 10

You’d have a better chance of getting Jesus to turn up and do your carpentry work, than you would getting a reasonably-priced and reliable local tradesperson.

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