join·​ery | \ ˈjȯi-nə-rē How to pronounce joinery (audio) , ˈjȯin-rē\

Definition of joinery

1 : work done by a joiner
2 : the art or trade of a joiner

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Emphasis is placed on job safety, use of hand tools and stationary power tools, materials and hardware, various types of joinery, and component assembly and installation. Staff, al, "Cooking to cryptography: Hoover schools open new center," 5 Aug. 2019 These abstract artworks also nod to centuries-old methods of crafting furniture with joinery techniques executed so precisely that no metal fasteners were required. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Artists explore American identity in Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibit," 21 June 2018 The cabinets, painted a soft white cream, were built to last, with dovetail joinery and quality hardware. James Alexander,, "Property of the Week: 85 Memorial Drive, West Hartford," 27 July 2017 And not only was the whole thing assembled by humans working almost exclusively with hand tools, the house is held together entirely by joinery with no nails or screws. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Wooden House Built By Hand from Top to Bottom," 7 Mar. 2016 Fisher's team rose to the challenge of extending the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, grafting the Erburu contemporary wing onto a neoclassical building and creating a seamless joinery within. Michael Webb,, "Architect Frederick Fisher: Building a lasting legacy in the L.A. art world," 27 Mar. 2018 Rarely did his pieces include the right angles created by joinery usually employed by carpenters. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Wendell Castle, whose art was furniture and furniture was art, dies at 85," 26 Jan. 2018 Then get the ultimate contrast by visiting one of the most modern monuments in the country: the minimalist Komyo-ji Buddhist temple, where the walls of latticed joinery are the work of Pritzker Prize winner Tadao Ando. Time, "4 Places to Visit in Japan Before Everyone Else Does," 17 Jan. 2018 Anything that wasn’t the most affordable option was immediately downgraded: finishes, joinery, landscaping. Justin Davidson, Smithsonian, "Bjarke Ingels Makes the Impossible Concrete," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of joinery

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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: the work done by a joiner (sense 2)

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