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Custom Furniture Building - Santa Monica 2018
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Tim is a true artist. His work is beautiful and we are extremely happy with our "one of a kind" piece. We commissioned a Bar Cabinet and we had a specific design in mind. He worked with my husband and I to give us what we wanted in terms of design and he enhanced the piece with his ideas and craftsmanship. He kept us updated and was very responsive to our queries. The project took longer than I expected but my husband kept telling me "it's an artist's process". In the end we have a gorgeous new piece of .... Art.Jun 18, 2017Verified
I contacted several people on Thumbtack for a quote to refinish a china cabinet that my grandmother had. Tim got back to me in a timely manner and was always polite. He drove quite a ways from his studio to my home and took time with me to explain the process and what to expect. He delivered my piece this morning and it looks beautiful. I am happy to have contacted Tim as I can now enjoy this piece for decades to come. I could not recommend him enough.Nov 29, 2014Verified
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T.I.M. was awesome. He went above and beyond in customer satisfaction. He had a great attitude and is very knowledgeable is his trade. Picked up and delivered our piece in a timely fashion and had great communication throughout. We are very happy with the finished product and T.I.M listened to exactly what we wanted and mad either reality. I would defiantly refer him and will use him again if anything pops up.Feb 4, 2015Verified
I acquired a lovely old dining room cabinet. I could not afford to have it refinished, but Tim painted and repaired it and it looks wonderful! His reasonable price included pick-up and delivery. The only glitch was a delay in finishing the job due to a piece of his equipment that had to be repaired. I am extremely pleased with the results and would highly recommend Tim Martinez to others.Jun 3, 2015Verified
Stay away. The man is incompetent. It is too long of a story, but it is all negative. I gave Tim a $1600.00 down payment to custom make two bathroom cabinets, and he delivered crap. Tim claimed that he was a furniture maker and the cabinets would be like furniture. When I saw the cabinet boxes he installed, I fired him on the spot. Did not follow any of the contract specifications, the cabinets were falling apart, warped on one side, uneven and made of material I believe he had laying around his shop. He did not put backs on the cabinets, holes drilled for the plumbing were too large and uneven. Screws were uneven and not sinked, laminate was already coming off one of the side panel fronts, one side panel to one box was warped, cabinets were to be made out of 3/4 inch grade A maple vaneer, and he used 1/2" maple junk. Height of cabinets were not according to plan; make up area was too low, and slanted. He claimed he ordered the doors for the cabinets, but I believe he spent the money I gave him and that he did not have the funds to place and pick up the order. The countertop person I had out to measure for the granite, said it was the worst set of cabinets frames he had ever seen. The cabinet maker I had out to rebid the job started laughing when he saw the quality of Tim's work. She could not believe what she saw. I gave Tim a deposit of $1600 and it is gone. He told me he does not have the money to pay me back, although he still thinks that he did a great job on the cabinets. Do not use him or if you do, do not give him a deposit. The sad part of this whole thing is that I believe Tim means well and thinks he does quality work, but he does not. I hope this is helpful.Apr 16, 2014VerifiedT.I.M. Woodwork's reply
The client was incompetent. Underbidding is his game. Not willing to pay for quality. Can't help you of you can't afford custom. Stick to IKEA.
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Most of my work is by bid. Everything is custom.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I grew up around wood. My grandfather was a draftsman for an architectural mill works company in Los Angeles. His work includes the interiors of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, J. Paul Getty's home on PCH, the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena and numerous others. He was raised by his great uncle, lumber barron E.K. Wood, once the owner of the biggest selling lumber company in California and the first in US history to ship lumber via railway.
- Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?A built-in entertainment center with hand carved roses, burl veneered panels and my own designed and hand made hardware. Start to finish, about 2 months.