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Carpenter/Table Builder
updated: Feb 12, 2014, 9:25 AM

I am looking for someone who can make me a simple, nice wood table in a size I cannot find online, in stores, on craigslist - anywhere! A very small "dining" table for my very small cottage. I don't need a $1000 table by one of the master cabinetmakers, just an attractive, serviceable table. Where do I find someone who can make me one?

Places People Are Talking About:

Adrian ArangoBo BirchimJohn Bock
Mark OrlandoMike MillanMitch Eakin's Custom Carpentry
Steve Dinka

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 494196 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 09:47 AM

Mark Orlando has beautiful wood tables at reasonable prices. He's located on Garden Street, in the warehouse building where Pacific Paper/Empire is located.


 COMMENT 494200 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 09:52 AM

Steve Dinka in Carp. He will do smaller jobs and does great custom carpentry work.


 COMMENT 494202 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 09:54 AM

You can have a handyman make you a temporary, no/low quality table made out of plywood and 4x4s for around $300ish. If you would like a hardwood table with minimal workmanship, you will be paying close to $1,500 for a small (4' x 4') dining table. I worked for 17 years at furniture maker some years ago, and even then $1,000 would get you a basic table (but it would last forever!).


 COMMENT 494206 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 10:14 AM

Not true 202... you just have to find the right person. Which is what they are trying to do. If I could make 300 a pop making cheapo plywood and 4x4 tables, I would be.


 COMMENT 494207 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 10:17 AM

If $1000 is at the high end for you it might be prudent to check out places online like Cost Plus/ World Market or even JCPenny's which has a decent furniture collection (currently up to 40% off).

As 4202 mentioned above $1000 barely gets you in the door for a custom made piece that then has to be finished as well adding to the cost.... and that's not even counting chairs.


 GREG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 10:33 AM

Over the years, John Bock, a fine craftsman with wood,
has made some beautiful pieces for us. You choose the wood and style. Highly recommended; if he has time for your project, you're lucky. 805 698-9620


 COMMENT 494255 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 11:58 AM

A Custom wood table really isn't going to be super cheap even from a handyman. You would be better off hacking something store bought down to size. A handyman could do this for you.
ie - buy a table you like the legs of and have someone make you a top - home depot has large plank pine really cheap
paint the legs stain the top.


 COMMENT 494268 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 12:37 PM

I'm a furnituremaker in Carpinteria. I have several tables on hand or would be glad to make you a custom piece. What are the dimensions you desire?

Mike Millan 805-907-0949


 COMMENT 494322 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 02:22 PM

Go to Sobobo wood company on Anacapa near the beach. Select your wood and he can fab it to suit you.


 COMMENT 494349P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 03:31 PM

Look in antique and/or thrift stores for a drop leaf table. Mine has two leafs and folds down to about 2 ft. by 3 ft.


 COMMENT 494350 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 03:35 PM

Adrian, out by Dos Pueblos, made a wonderful bath cabinet for us at very reasonable price 805 319-3215


 COMMENT 494356 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 03:44 PM

I second Adrian Arango
He hand built my entire kitchen
Came-out beautiful!
Cabinet/furniture makers are going to be expensive. You're going to be hard pressed to find anyone under $800 to do this job. Maybe try a finish carpenter to do it as a side jibe like Cordero Carpentery


 COMMENT 494386 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 05:21 PM

A drop leaf table is the way to go. Check World Market downtown (online too).


 COMMENT 494407P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 06:51 PM

I agree with both points. I had someone make me a mattress platform, cheap and to spec.

It wasn't Mark Orlando, but I know of him and I too would recommend him. But you might just go for a handyman. Throw a tablecloth over a plywood table. That's kind of my non-style.


 COMMENT 494477 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-13 06:21 AM

Mitch Eakin is a wonderful local furniture maker. 455-9377. You can see examples on his FB page - Mitch Eakin's Custom Carpentry.


 COMMENT 494499 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-13 07:37 AM

My kid needs a project for his shop class. What size do you need?


 COMMENT 494500 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-13 07:41 AM

I'll build one for you. Custom. and we'll stay under your $1,000 limit. Eddy 896-5738


 COMMENT 494528 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-13 08:54 AM

Make sure you always get the price "in writing". I had a cabinet maker recommended by my neighbor who made me a very simple medium sized "unpainted" cabinet for my bathroom. . He said it would cost $700.00 which I thought was ridiculously expensive for an unfinished piece but i agreed to it. He brought me a bill for $1,450.00 detailing his "extra" work ! I refused to pay more than the original estimate.


 COMMENT 494547 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-13 09:29 AM

Call Bo Birchim, he can make anything at a very reasonable price. He takes pride in his work and is a very honest , kind man.
805 252-3803


 COMMENT 494554 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-13 09:43 AM

Try Room and Board on line. They have small scale furniture and I've visited their showrooms - they have top quality furniture, all made in America.


 COMMENT 494576 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-13 10:32 AM

Post your wanted table's exact dimensions and description on SantaBarbara.CraigsList.org. :-) WANTED.... Also look at FURNITURE. Sure may be cheaper to find and even to modify and redo,


 COMMENT 494610 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-13 12:01 PM

I'm a Carpenter. Give me a call and we'll talk. I'm sure I can build you anything you want. at any budget you want. I can make a nice table out of Oak that will be on the high end but still less than $1,000. or we can go cheap as possible for $100. Eddy 896-5738


 COMMENT 494756 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-13 07:54 PM

I too am a carpenter in Santa Barbara specializing in furniture. I am currently trying to build my portfolio. I work mainly in wood and steel furniture using reclaimed, re-purposed, local, or FSC materials but can really work with your vision. I pride myself in making high end for low cost. I really can't give you a quote without hearing exactly what you had in mind but I would love to hear your ideas. My name is Jamie Birkett my cell is 650-703-6574


 BONNER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-13 08:48 PM

I hsve a friend who has an oak drop-leaf small table with 4 chairs is going to put on Craigs List for $350 I think. Good shape, real bargain, why not have a quality piece at that price. Check Craig's List on weekend.


 COMMENT 494994 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-14 08:27 PM

I'll second Bo Birchim. I know and have worked with both him and his brother, John. They are both excellent craftsmen.



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