Drake Woodworking
Drake Woodworking

Drake Woodworking

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Introduction: At the heart of fine furniture-making is building a relationship with each individual client. At Drake Woodworking, build furnishings that enrich the lives of my clients. Whether it is a new family table to share meals around or a new coffee table to connect a room, all of my furniture is hand-crafted to last lifetime in your home. If you are interested in a custom piece, please reach out and we can begin to discuss what I can do to bring your vision to life!

Hired 4 times

Serves Marseilles, IL

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1 employee

6 years in business

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Cash, Credit card, PayPal, Square cash app, Venmo

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Featured Projects

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, responsiveness, and professionalism.


4 reviews


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Tom B.
Oct 23, 2018

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This individual is more than a wood worker, he is a craftsman. He has an artists eye that applies to an entire project, from the concept, to the choice of material, through to the end result. Drake created a bar for me that was truly unique, fit the application perfectly, and exceeded my expectation on the execution and end result. He was also diligent during the installation process making sure every detail was attended to. A true pleasure to work with someone so talented and attentive! Thank you Drake!!

Details: No existing plans, but have a good idea of what I want • As recommended by carpenter • No, I will need the carpenter to provide the wood • Stain

Custom Furniture Building
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Dave s.
Oct 4, 2018
A few months ago I hired Drake Woodworking to build me a custom bar for our basement. WE had been through the ringer with other contractors and all of the bars that they made were not good and ended up falling and cracking apart. We had Drake over to assess our project and come up with a solution that would work with the space at hand. He was very punctual, very thorough in explaining his concepts, and the final piece is spectacular. I have never seen a bar more beautiful than this one and it has truly become the center of our basement! His prices are not low, but the quality and beauty he can create is far better than anyone else I have come across! I would highly recommend!
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Darlene E.
Jun 27, 2018
Recently worked with Drake Woodworking to create and build a bookcase that would be sturdy enough for all my Nursing textbooks. The bookcase is always a talking point when company is over and I’m so pleased with it! Functional and asthetically pleasing! Would highly recommend Drake Woodworking and will use again in the future.
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Lori M.
May 16, 2018

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Hired on Thumbtack

Details: No existing plans - need design suggestions • No finish needed

Custom Furniture Building
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David Stuedemann


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My pricing system is very straightforward and transparent. For custom work, I estimate the price using 3 variables: 1) Material Cost 2) Labor/Delivery 3)Professional Finishing In most cases the Labor category is what primarily drives the cost. the more complicated the design, the more it will cost. Also, the use of high-end materials like Black Walnut will also add up, it is almost always worth the little extra for a beautiful piece.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    When working with new clients my process is simple and straight-forward. During out initial discussion I will ask you details regarding the piece you want, the style and design aspects you are looking for, the wood and finish, and also the application of how the piece will be used. After this, I will sit down and sketch out three idea which I will then send in an email describing the details of each one. After a few days I will reach out and we will most likely talk again about the chosen design adn I will provide an estimate for the cost. Before I begin work I require a 65% downpayment to establish your spot in my queue. Typically, my lead time runs about 10-12 weeks. Please note that I do not provide firm delivery dates on my work, the nature of custom furniture is that projects evolve and typically take longer than expected. When I begin work on your piece I will develop a dedicated page on my website for your project. Here, you will be able to follow along and check periodically to track my progress. As I approach the final stages of the construction process I will reach out to set up a delivery date. Upon delivery I will require the final 35% payment and from then on the new piece is yours!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I studied Architecture at the University of Missouri where I graduated with honors in 2016. Furniture-making has always been my main job, but after graduation I worked in a small firm where I learned the trade of architecture and how to work with fellow designers. My design background and my skills of fine craftsmanship allow me to produce custom pieces far above many other people in my field.

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