Architectural Woodwork Defined

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Here at Mahogany, Inc., we’re experts when it comes to architectural woodwork. Another term that’s often interchangeable with architectural woodwork is architectural millwork. You may know these terms, but not know what the detail is behind them. Therefore, we’re here to define architectural woodwork and explain some of its uses. 

Architectural Woodwork Defined

It refers to custom-made wood. This wood is left open in the interior of a building, whether it be a residence or commercial property. This definition is simple, but architectural woodwork is much more complicated than this. The creative process involves designing and building that typically takes place by hand. Structures that require architectural woodwork include staircases, trims, and ornate moldings. You’d be surprised to find how many structures in your home or commercial property utilized this technique.

The Process of Architectural Woodwork Explained

Step one is to have a set of architectural shop drawings. These drawings help to build a specific piece. This structure may be a design element, have a functional purpose, or it could be both. The point of this structure is that anyone who uses the space will see the structure (and marvel in it, if we’re the company that designs it) or use the piece. 


The next step is choosing the wood that will highlight this feature best in terms of style and durability. Woodworkers often use fine woods to create stunning designs using unique and intricate cuts. When hiring an experienced contracting company such as us, you’ll find us trustworthy. Experienced woodworkers have an in-depth knowledge of how to utilize different design practices, cuts, and techniques. They’ll also use various manual and power tools to customize beautiful woodwork features. 


Because we specialize in building commissioning as well, we understand that woodworking is about more than creating beautiful pieces. Your building needs to be up-to-code and efficient. Understanding plumbing and electricity specifications is also a part of a contractor’s job as well as knowing specifications for the building’s different elements such as flooring and framing. 

Structures Involved in WoodWork 

  • Shelving
  • Doors
  • Flooring
  • Cabinets
  • Trims
  • Moldings
  • Staircases
  • Paneling

Architectural Millwork Defined

We stated that the two terms are often interchangeable, but the processes are different. Yes, architectural millwork can refer to wood, but the process also involves non-wood materials such as plaster, plastic, and laminates, which have typically have uses for commercial property. We specialize in both! 


Whenever you need help with your next custom commercial millwork project, Mahogany Inc. has your back. Call us at 410-727-0334 with any questions and speak to one of our licensed professionals. To see examples of our work or to gain inspiration for your next project, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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