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Architectural Millwork – A Guide

Architects Guide to Quality Millwork

Woodworking is an art that has existed for millennia. A woodworker can shape, cut, join, and carve pieces of wood into beautiful furniture and art pieces. Woodworking architects add beauty to commercial and residential interiors and exteriors. This process is known as architectural millwork or architectural woodwork.

What is Architectural Millwork?

Architectural millwork is the process by which architects or woodworkers design wood pieces that are assembled and shaped to make them usable for their relevant functions. Woodworkers generally tend to work with fine woods, turning them into beautiful wood pieces for casual use or beautification.

An experienced woodworker must possess a deep understanding of the different design practices, cuts, wood types, and techniques coupled with the knowledge of various woodworking tools (manual and powered) to create both standard and custom woodwork.

Carpentry vs. Architectural Millwork

Carpentry refers to the skill of cutting and joining pieces of wood together to serve a purpose. Architectural millwork, on the other hand, is a much broader term. Simply put, it is the umbrella under which several branches of woodworking is encapsulated. Architectural millwork includes carving, framing, carpentry, and furnishing. These tasks are the responsibilities of architectural woodworkers.

Architectural Millwork Examples

Anything made primarily out of wood can be classified as architectural woodwork. These range from interior compartments to exterior paneling. Some of the examples of architectural millwork are:

  • Doors
  • Shelves
  • Cabinets in the kitchen, rooms, and bathrooms
  • Staircases
  • Wooden Flooring
  • Ceiling, in some cases
  • Beams used to support the ceiling
  • Columns, not often used
  • Trims
  • Baseboards used to cover the wall and floor joints

Architectural Millwork or Custom Millwork

Architectural millwork refers to the wood crafts made on a standard basis. Custom millwork incorporates your input and is designed to fulfill your specific needs. Custom millwork is generally used to deal in specialty items such as wooden panels, tailor-made tables, countertops, chairs, and even wardrobes.

Final Word

According to Wood Millwork: United States, architectural millwork is expected to rise steadily at 2.4 percent annually through 2023. This rise is mainly due to the booming construction industry and fine wood’s aesthetic appeal, a symbol of luxury. Other than that, the environmental concerns regarding plastics further push the woodworking industry, as wood is considered an environmentally friendly substance.

With our extensive architectural woodworking experience, Capital City provides high-quality millwork to our clients. Our keen attention to detail ensures that your woodworking needs are fulfilled with only the best solutions.