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Joinery competition overview

A joiner works with timber to construct doors, windows, fitted furniture and other permanent fixtures within buildings. They will often prepare items in a workshop before going to the site to install the completed items.

Joiners work with many types of timber and other construction materials to create a variety of internal and external work such as staircases, windows, doors, furniture, kitchens, cupboards and interior woodwork. Joiners can work on heritage projects that require traditional skills to preserve, repair or recreate joinery work from the past or restore historic buildings. Joiners use a range of equipment from traditional tools such as saws, chisels, planes and drills through to state-of-the-art computerised cutting equipment and hi-tech drawing and design software. Their skills are a valuable mix of traditional and modern craftsmanship.

The competition has been designed to reflect the role of a joiner and the standards that are expected within the construction industry.


Competition overview

Competitors will be marked throughout the competition:

  • Competitors have to work in a safe manner and will lose marks if this is not adhered to

General information:

  • At the Regional Qualifiers the maximum working time for the task is 6 hours
  • At the SkillBuild National Final the maximum working time for the task is 18 hours


Core competencies

To take part in this competition you should be able to:

  • Read and understand working drawings and standard graphical details
  • Familiar and practiced in the production of curved on elevation profiles using templates and routers
  • Produce a setting out rod full size to very good standard of graphical detailing and accuracy
  • Work to a high level of dimensional accuracy
  • Mark out timber and sheet materials accurately
  • Cut a variety of joints to a high standard of accuracy using hand tools and where required machine/ power tools
  • Be able to use competently a portable hand-held router; select tooling; set up safely and use
  • Assemble, check for square, dismantling, reassembling and gluing
  • Finish the test project to a high standard using hand tools and random orbit sander
  • Keep the work area clean and tidy
  • Work in a safe manner
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