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Installing Custom Woodworking in Your Home: An Interview with Philip Casey of Philip J. Casey Woodworking, Inc.

By Philip Casey

Tell us a little about your company and the services you offer.

My company is Philip J. Casey Woodworking Inc. I have had my own business since 1999. It is a solo operation, but wife, Lora, does paperwork. I work with homeowners, General Contractors, Interior Designers and Architects. I build a lot of cabinets (kitchens, entertainment centers, bathroom etc.) I build dining tables,doors,shutters,and can usually build unique things that people want sometimes or maybe a duplicate of something they want. I have made a few jewelry boxes and humidors. On larger projects I would prefer to work with a general contractor. I generally just do shop work and don't do much in the way of installations. But I come to meet with the homeowner and contractor or whoever else, and measure and go back to the shop to lay things out full scale and go from there. I would also say that, being a one man operation, my overhead is low, so having custom woodworking done (by me anyway) may not be as expensive as some people might think. Another bonus is when you call my business, you will talk to me or my wife.

Can you describe what custom woodworking is, for people who may not know?

I would describe custom woodworking as making anything that someone wants to fit a certain space to utilize the best use as in a kitchen, for example, or make something that they envision but don't see available to purchase somewhere. When someone comes to me that wants an entertainment center and has all this stuff that they want to fit in it, I can see if we can do that after we go over the space that we are working with.

What are some of the advantages of installing custom woodworking over ready-made products?

They are going to fit better and it will look better. Also you will receive personalized service, attention to detail and a relationship that can continue beyond the finish product.

Does custom woodworking require any special maintenance or care?

No, not really any more than any other painted or varnished wood.

What advice would you give to homeowners who are starting to remodel/redecorate and want to install some custom woodworking?

Advice would be to start thinking about what you want for awhile before you start ordering stuff. A lot of times what you think you want, might not be the best idea. Photos from magazines always help. When someone shows me a picture of a kitchen for example,that they really like,I can quickly get an idea of their taste.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

www.pjcwoodworking.com direct line to shop is 401-635-2024 or email philipjcaseywoodworking@gmail.com.

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