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Brownstoner July 31, 2013 at 10:53 am

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Carpenters and Woodworkers August 1, 2014 at 7:11 pm

I recommend Susan B Hager for designing and building wooden roof decks

This is a professional lady who has 2 professional young men and who designed us a beautiful wooden deck on the roof right from the on-site consultation with a chaulk outline plan, to a schematic plan on paper, to the execution on site. It took them 10 days. The lumber delivery was arranged by her, using an 8-story “Boom” forklift. Susan B Hager has been doing this for 25 years so she knows all the rules and safe & solid construction methods for your roof to be safe as well as your children & pets. She can be ‘google’ed.

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Carpenters and Woodworkers July 23, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Need a carpenter to fix an existing wall-to-wall built-in closet

One of our bedrooms has a wall-to-wall built-in closet that is probably as old as the house and that is in need of repairs. It is missing a door, the existing doors do not close properly, it is missing some of the moldings, some of the drawers do not close properly, etc.

The repairs must be as less invasive as possible in order to maintain the antique-like “look and feel” of the closet.

It’s not a big project, but we have a big house, and if we are satisfied with the work done on the closet, we may very well have bigger projects in the future.

Location: Brooklyn (Atlantic Ave near Nostrand)

Thank you!


Carpenters and Woodworkers May 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Carpenter/Handyman to Customize Ikea for a Home Office

I’m looking for a handyman or carpenter to help me customize Ikea shelving to create a built-in home office for 2 people — preferably someone who has done it before and can help me with ideas as well as helping to create a nice, finished look, maybe with trim and molding.

Carpenters and Woodworkers April 24, 2014 at 9:54 am

Backyard Fence: Cedar or Treated Wood

I am now fixing up my backyard and my contractor couldnt find decently sized and priced cedar in Home Depot and instead is proposing to use pressure treated wood which he will stain and seal. I like these planks and do not mind that, but would I be making a mistake not using cedar?

Any advice will be appreciated.

Thank you.

Carpenters and Woodworkers April 3, 2014 at 7:21 am

need woodshop help

i’m looking to place open shelving in the kitchen…two rows on either side of a window.
will have iron L brackets attached to studs behind drywall and tile.
the L brackets will be 5/8″ thick x 2″ wide by 9″ long. after the drywall and tile goes on top, figure the iron will stick out 8″ or so.

will have 2 irons per shelf. each shelf will be 1.5″ thick x 9.5″ deep x 36″ long…thinking poplar will be fine, will be painted over.
will need each shelf mitered to receive the irons.
the big challenge i see is mitering it 8″ deep…will that be possible?

sure it’d be simple enough to just lay the shelves on top of the irons and screw them tight from the bottom.
but trying to go achieve the full floating look by having the irons insert into the shelves.

seeking a skilled carpenter for this…tks!

Carpenters and Woodworkers February 23, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Need a good carpenter

So I am going through a renovation process and just like everybody I know came across major bump on the road. We didnt want to use a contractor, instead we hired specialists to do specific job. Basically took the roll of a “contractor” upon ourselves. This haven’t been easy, so I do have to give them credit for their organization skills, but I wouldn’t do it any other way.
We had all things going very smoothly, Thanks to this forum I found couple of very credible specialists that I will dedicating separate review for their amazing and prompt work. We also had found one carpenter that have been working on my ceilings and walls for over a month and he did a good job. However, after he got his another paycheck, he just disappeared. And now I am stuck with unfinished job that set me back two weeks and I can’t move forward without this part to be finished. Another problem, I need to move in in one or max two weeks and I just can’t seem to find a reliable and good working individual or individuals who would take this job now and finish it on time.
Any any of you are familiar with this kind of situation and have someone who I can rely on, who also wouldn’t cost a fortune (to take advantage of my situation), please share. I would appreciate it. This forum has been a tremendous help already, I hope this won’t be an exception.


Carpenters and Woodworkers January 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Contractor, Carpenter Recommendation

I would like to recommend highly my contractor, carpenter and all around handyman, Mario. I just finished restoring my old house and I can’t say enough what a beautiful job Mario and his couple of helpers (especially Oscar who is the most amazing painter) did. They laid out tiles, built a gorgeous kitchen, restored old floors, built custom cabinets, stripped and restored old wood work, and the list can go on. Mario is a talented, brilliant carpenter and all around contractor; he has engineering mind but he is also very kind, humble, honest, reliable and extremely reasonable. I am including a picture of part of my living room (which does not do justice to his work):

His number is 917-776-4537 and his email

Say Emilia recommended.

Carpenters and Woodworkers December 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Recommendation for Steve Rayboy, carpenter

I recommended Steve this summer after he built a beautiful deck for me, but wanted to plug him again as he’s just finished an amazing 10.5′ tall built-in bookshelf in my brownstone apt. Not only is Steve a great communicator – he’s professional, meticulous with details, extremely accommodating & my dog liked him too (she doesn’t like many people, ha!)

I’m happy to email pics to anyone who would like to see the finished product. Steve’s website is:

Carpenters and Woodworkers November 7, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Staircase builder required ASAP

We are in the middle of a combination of a duplex here in Brooklyn. The subcontractor that was scheduled to start next week to construct the stairs is “delayed” on a job.

Any recommendations on the brownstoner list? It would need someone available to come and quote the job tomorrow and the work would need to start ASAP.

It’s a pretty simple job with 6 straight steps, then 6 winders bringing us 180 degrees then 6 straight steps to the 2nd floor.

Stairs are 36” wide and 11” tread with 8” vertical height each riser.

Standard handrails/spindles, white risers – though we need to match the treads to existing brazillian redwood in the upstairs and downstairs apartment.

Please call and let me know if you have a team available my name is Dean Collins and my phone number is 212-203-4357 and i’m available to visit your reference clients this weekend/make a decision before Monday morning.


Carpenters and Woodworkers October 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm

hidden door bookcases

Anyone on the list used someone local here in Brooklyn to create a hidden door bookcase?

I haven’t been able to find a carpenter in new York with experience building hidden hinge secret room solutions even though the hardware is readily available online.

Basically looking for someone to build me a bookcase like this

Lots of other details about how to do these online eg


Carpenters and Woodworkers September 30, 2013 at 12:11 am

Seeking carpenter for kitchen island

We’re looking for a carpenter who can help us with an island for our kitchen renovation as well as some shelving.

Our architect has a clean modern style and we need someone who is great at detail work.

Any recommendations? Thanks!
-Sweet Action

Carpenters and Woodworkers July 30, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Wanted to recommend Steve Rayboy for deck building!

Steve just finished an ipe wood deck on top of my steel frame & just wanted to recommend him to anyone out there looking for similar work! Not only was he the lowest estimate that I received, but he was professional, timely & did meticulous work. Two thumbs up. His contact info is:

Carpenters and Woodworkers June 28, 2013 at 9:15 am

Recommendations for a master carpenter

Any recommendations for a master carpenter to repair a stairwell that has loose steps and is pitching?

Carpenters and Woodworkers June 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Custom closets?

I’ve been scouring the forum archive but can’t seem to find any reliable recommendations for a custom closet company. Anyone have one? There must be something good and reasonably priced, besides California Closets.

Carpenters and Woodworkers June 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Repairing wooden windows?

We have all wood windows. The exterior putty on some of them has flaked off and water has damaged some of the wood, warping it so that some windows don’t close very well (or hardly at all).  I am interested in having these sashes rebuilt or repaired instead of replacing the entire window.  Waiting to hear back from Heights Woodworking, but is there anyone else out there who would rebuild a wooden window sash.  And once that is done, any recs on someone to reputty and repaint the exterior of all the windows?  I would actually like someone to look at the wood frames first and assure me they are in good condition, before proceding with the sash repair.
Any advice appreciated!  Thanks!

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