First Fit and Second Fit Joinery

What Is 1st Fit And 2nd Fit Joinery?

Frequently the terms 1st fit and 2nd fit are used in reference to joinery within the construction industry. But what do these terms mean in specific reference to joinery and carpentry? When used in this specific area, the term 1st fit fix is most often used in reference to the structural carpentry work performed. This is often the structural work done on a building prior to the commencement of plastering. Examples of first fit joinery would include, the construction of wall studding, roof struts door frames and floor joists.

On the other hand, 2nd fit joinery is a term used in reference to the finishing work performed as part of a project. Typically work which comes under the 2nd fit umbrella is performed following the completion of the plastering work on a project. Due to the diversity of this work and the specific skill set required, this joinery work is often completed by a dedicated 2nd fit joiner. Examples of work completed by a 2nd fit joiner would include the fixing of architrave, window boards, doors, floor boards and skirting.

The division of these two classes is attributed to the chronology of a building project. Typically, following the completion of the first fit phase, carpenters and joiners involved in a project would stop in order to enable other tradespeople, such as plasterers, electricians and plumbers to complete their section of the project. Once this has been completed a 2nd fit joiner will come onto the project in order to provide the joinery finishing work.

We are presently looking for a number of 2nd fit joiners to join our team. Due to the diversity of our work and the fact that we are an approved supplier for a number of leading construction companies, we operate on a national basis. As part of our company ethics and supply chain policy, wherever possible we endeavour to make use of local labour. Therefore we are currently seeking 2nd fit joiners with the skills expertise to work on our behalf on the following projects:

  • DMU Leicester.
  • Vita Sheffield.

If you are based in these localities and have the skills, experience and professionalism to provide high quality 2nd joinery services, please contact a member of our team today for more information about these specific roles. We can be contacted by calling: 0161 480 8722, or by email at:

Due to the fact we are always seeking locally based 2nd fit joiners for our ongoing projects, please feel free to send us your details. We will keep these on file and will get in touch with you, should you match any of our vacancies as they become available.

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