If you’re looking to have a piece of furniture or custom fitting designed and made, you’ll want the backing of a quality, experienced joiner.
A joiner is an artisan or qualified tradesperson who custom-makes products out of timber and plywood. These are bespoke products designed for your home, office or commercial operation, often to fit certain spaces. A quality joiner can help you sort out storage spaces with shelves and cupboards. They also construct, renovate and repair fixtures, building frames, railings and doors. A top-notch joiner also creates unique pieces that make spaces look stunning.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a joiner, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great joiner?
Choosing the right joiner can help fast-track your project, give you confidence and take the stress away.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a joiner:
- Experience. You’ll want a joiner who can demonstrate they’ve completed many projects to high standards. That’s someone who has been in business for some time and can show you examples of what they’ve worked on. Don’t hesitate to check references, including online.
- Education. The best joiners are educated in the construction industry. Ask about their formal qualifications (and insurance).
- Professional. Quality joiners have a professional attitude. They’re great listeners, give quality advice and stay in touch throughout your project so you’re always informed.
- Availability. The best joiners are busy joiners. Make sure you ask potential joiners when they’re available to work on your project.
- Attention to detail. Joinery work can be fussy and tends to cost more. Make sure you get the best value for money by asking your joiner about their equipment, workshop and problem-solving skills (if matters get tricky with installation).
The best joiners 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 Facebook as well as maintained a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Touchstone Joinery has completed successful projects for private individuals, companies and government departments for over 20 years. With attention to detail, quality customer communication and professional presentation, Touchstone Joinery handles kitchens, bathrooms, bars, robes, laundries, tables, storage and more.
Edward Striker wrote on Google, “Touchstone Joinery have done various projects for us. We have found them to be very reliable ... Great attention to detail ... the guys who came to fit it were clean and very professional.”
Thor’s Hammer specialises in timber recycling, joinery and furniture making. The hallmarks of this specialised business is quality, good design and taking care of the environment. Architectural products include floor boards, timber cladding and durable hardwood decking. Thor’s Hammer has been sourcing timber from local demolition sites since 1994.
Dean Fisher wrote on Google, “I’ve worked with Thor’s Hammer for approximately 20 years … The quality of their flooring is always of a high standard …”
Award-winning Oppikofer Joinery delivers excellence and value-for-money with every project. Joinery solutions include well designed and constructed kitchens, bathroom, laundries, home office, wardrobe, entertainment and storage needs. Retail and other commercial joinery is also on offer. Oppikofer Joinery has a full planning, design and construct service.
On Google, Dr Michael Ssentamu wrote, “Beat constructed a beautiful and contemporary entertainment unit ... He has amazing attention to detail and his finished product is classy and good value-for-money.”
Locally owned, Benchmarc has 17 years’ experience in building custom-made kitchens, bathroom vanities, laundry renovations, entertainment units and many other joinery products. Benchmarc also handles shop fitouts and office fitouts, with breathtaking results. Quality of joinery work and customer service are up there with the best.
Robert Pinning wrote on Google, “From the first time we visited the showroom until our new kitchen was installed Marc was fantastic. Very happy with the outcome.”
NAK Joinery specialises in custom work. Owner Norbert Pritti has been a licensed ACT builder and shop fitter since 1987. Services include kitchen design, construction, installation and trades management. Bespoke joinery is made-to-measure for lounge rooms, studies, bathrooms, tv units and wall units. NAK Joinery also handle home improvements and outdoor joinery.
On Google, Anh Lutnant wrote, “My kitchen was completely remodelled and from initial quote through to installation, NAK Joinery were so wonderful to deal with.”
Monaro Timber & Joinery is family owned and operated. It has been in the joinery business since 2002. Specialising in almost everything timber, Monaro Timber & Joinery handles residential, commercial and government joinery projects, large and small, backed by extensive knowledge, customer service and tailored solutions.
Damien Wright wrote on Google, “From the moment they took my phone call I knew I was in for a positive experience. Incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff ...”
P&K Joinery has created beautiful, functional spaces for over 35 years with high-quality craftsmanship. Its highly skilled tradespeople design and create custom-made kitchens, bathrooms and bespoke joinery pieces. Feature joinery includes halls, media rooms, home offices and furniture.
Linda Sipeki wrote on Google, “P & K Joinery were engaged to supply and fit out the kitchen, indoor/outdoor BBQ entertaining area, masses of storage, five ensuites, walk through and built-in wardrobes, laundry and feature display cabinets ... perfect.”
Your experience with joiners in Canberra
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If you’re looking for more information on home or office projects, you might like our articles on the best carpenters, best builders and renovators, best kitchen renovation companies and best bathroom renovation companies Canberra has to offer.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between a joiner and a carpenter?
A joiner makes products out of timber and plywood from scratch. Carpenters focus on installing or repairing. While both are part of the construction trades, a joiner works in a workshop, not on site. They ''join'' wood and then install finished products on site.
What do joiners make?
Some joiners specialise in certain areas, while others work more broadly. Joiners can build stairs, make doors and window frames, and create storage spaces and furniture, including pieces that must fit in a particular space. Joiners work with timber and plywood in a well-equipped workshop.
What makes a great joiner?
Great joiners have an eye for detail and good maths skills, meaning they're exact when working out measurements. They can follow complex technical plans. Great joiners also have extensive and demonstrated experience and won’t cut corners. They work to high standards and use quality tools and materials.
How much do joiners cost?
The cost depends on what you need done. Factors include the size of your project, the style and complexity of the work, the type of timber you’re after and the length of time it will take to create what you need. Your best bet is to speak with joiners and ask for detailed quotes.
Do joiners guarantee their work?
The best joiners guarantee their work because they’re confident of their skills, experience and abilities. Speak with potential joiners about their guarantees and/or check their websites for details.