Different Types of Architectural Woodworking

Architectural woodwork is essentially any product made out of wood.

Residential woodworking can be done on:

  • Kitchen Cabinets
  • Mantels
  • Moldings
  • Staircases
  • Doors 
  • Bedrooms 
  • Great Rooms
  • Libraries
  • House Exteriors
  • Floors


After the room/area is chosen next to be decided is between surface coatings or penetrating finishes. The decision is based on:

  • durability required
  • clarity desired
  • drying time
  • historical correctness
  • age of the piece
  • decorating scheme
  • cost and budget

There are 3 different types of surface coatings in varnish, shellac, and lacquer. Depending on the level required or desired above one would be chosen to complete the woodworking process.


Do you need help understanding more about the architectural woodworking in your home? Wayne Towle is experienced in residential and commercial woodworking. We have 20 years of experience in commercial woodworking. Our skills involve restoring, refinishing, finishing, touching up, reviving, and repairing any and all architectural woodwork or furniture pieces. 


Feel free to view a list of our local clients from Harvard Law School to the Massachusetts State House.


If you have architectural woodworking needs please contact us to and let us know how we can help you.