Carpenter and joiner have come to mean anyone who works with wood. Strictly speaking, a joiner is a woodworker who constructs the wooden parts of a building, joists, flooring, windows, doors etc. A carpenter is a man skilled in the making of any wooden/timber structure, including boats.Hello! I'd like to know the difference in meaning, if any, between the words "carpenter" and "joiner". Can they both be translated as Spanish "carpintero" or "ebanista"?