It’s on a somewhat gloomy note that I begin this blog…

Q. Traditionally speaking, what are the principal differences between carpenters, joiners and cabinetmakers?

A. Nails, pegs and dovetails!

Sadly, carpenters predominantly employ air-powered ‘phittunks’ these days, joiners have largely disappeared from the vernacular and cabinetmakers assemble built-in bathroom, bedroom and kitchen units from man-made board.

Looking up ‘cabinetmakers’ in the ‘phone directory and Google reveals numerous entries for kitchen fitters and very few makers of fine furniture. It seems makers of fine furniture are now known as ‘woodworkers’ – a very unhappy reflection and a far cry from the eighteenth-century heyday when cabinetmakers ranked second only to upholsterers in the furniture trades hierarchy.

This is my blog concerning pegs and dovetails.

Jack Plane


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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3 Responses to It’s on a somewhat gloomy note that I begin this blog…

  1. Pingback: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Funiture, Pegs and ‘Tails | Enfilade

  2. stevenrey56 says:

    I have read many of your later posts and have enjoyed them immensely. Therefore, I will start at the beginning. Thank you for sharing your immense knowledge on antique furniture. I particularly enjoy learning about early construction methods.


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