messages from our customers about their custom furniture

A Sampling of what Some of our  customers are saying about their custom Furniture purchased from RJ Fine Woodworking

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Hi RJ,

 I had to write and tell you how pleased I am with cabinet you built for me. When we first talked at the beginning of this collaboration I told you that I was looking for a 'great execution of a simple design' - quality being the name of the game. And that is exactly what I got. It's beautiful. The picture's you sent me didn't remotely do justice.
 Also, please accept my apology for the stream of phone calls I made to discuss the merits of the additional three-eighths here and quarter inch there that I always seemed to think was important. If it ever tested your patience you certainly never showed it. I can honestly say that I enjoyed those conversations. They made the project more personable and the experience that much more memorable.

So thanks again RJ.

Wishing you nothing but the best,

David O'Brien
New York City April 11, 2006

Well R.J., I really don't know what to say.........

THANK YOU  - I waited two years to have the right person build this cabinet for me and chose you after many months of talking to local people in my area.  They just didn't seem to care or want the work. Thanks for listening to me and really grasping my vision for this spectacular display cabinet.  It is much more than I imagined and, the finish, which I was really nervous about, is perfect.  After going back and forth with samples and pictures you nailed it!  I am so pleased that I intend to dream up another piece to match it.  As you know, I am in the furniture business and run a high-end furniture and design store.  I also come from a family of carpenters so woodworking is all around me.  But, your talent for building fine furniture is showcased in my piece.  There is nothing that compares to American made quality, talent and artistry. You have it all.  Also, your personality and enthusiasm about building this for me, (a total stranger) is why I selected you to begin with. I thank you from the bottom of my is a masterpiece! 

Joan Vetter

Newmarket, NH

  Thanks so much for your beautiful cabinets. You did an outstanding job. It was such a pleasure working with such a craftsman and expert.
   Please feel free to use Paul and I as your reference. Once we get settled we want you and your wife to come over. We can take some nice photos to add to your collection of fine woodworking! Thanks, Terry
Memphis, TN

"It was a real pleasure working with RJ Fine Woodworking from start to finish. RJ doesn't just build you a piece of furniture, he turns your concept into a beautiful reality, while meeting all deadlines. I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome and look forward to many hours around my new sushi table with family and friends."

Tom Amontree
Washington, DC

Hi RJ,
The audio cabinet that you made for us is even more beautiful then we imagined. Your attention to detail and workmanship is excellent. You truly are a craftsman as well as an artist. My wife and I have received many compliments and could not be happier with the outcome.
It has been a pleasure working with you on this project and I hope to do it again in the near future. I already have some ideas.

Bill Giardelli
Stony Brook, NY

Dear RJ,

Our dining table is sublime. Only a superb artist/craftsman could have created such a simple, elegant piece of furniture. We look forward to working with you again

Jean Gwynn
Memphis, TN 

Hey RJ Your newsletter is  a terrific idea and very well done! With your talent, you will be famous someday. Can't tell you how many compliments we have gotten on the cherry dining room table. We are so delighted you did it for us. We believe we couldn't have gotten anyone else to come anywhere close to doing the topnotch job you did.

Cherie Davis
Bonita Springs, FL

Hey RJ this is Tony I just wanted to call and let you know how the owners just loved the tables you made and to let you how there was some  appreciation for all your hard work .They look great in the lobby and the Marriott people thought they were just great I will be in back touch with you we have other projects to talk about Thanks again Tony.

Tony Trim
Saia Trim Group
Cordova, TN

Dear RJ:

Congratulations! It gives me great pleasure to inform you that you have been chosen to receive an honorable Mention award in CWB's Design Portfolio Award competition. Your home/entertainment center was chosen as a winner in the Residential Furniture category and will be featured in our special coverage of competition winners in December issue CWB

We will be sending you Honorable Mention certificate which can be displayed in your shop. In addition you will receive 50 reprints of the magazine section after the issue is completed. Look for them early next year. I am including a copy of a press release announcing the winners of the contest, if you would like to forward it to your local newspapers.

Thank you for participating in the competition and for taking time to enter your work. We are proud to feature it in our magazine. We wish you continued success in your custom woodworking business and hope to see more entries from you in the future competition.


Sam Gazdziak
Managing Editor
CWB custom Woodworking Business Magazine


Dear RJ,

The entertainment center you made for us exceeded all our expectations. It was our first experience with someone creating a piece of furniture. It has been a positive experience in every way. Your help in designing and the small details you suggested resulted in an entertainment center which has a common response from all who see it ---Wow!! We hope you will be able to create more for us in the future.


Olga and Larry Lasater
Memphis, TN

To Whom it may Concern:

When my wife and I decided to have a custom cabinet made based on the bookcase originally designed by Gustav Stickley, my biggest concern was finding a craftsman who understood the principal's of the ART and Crafts design and had experience with Stickley style keyed tendons and dark oak finishes. When we met RJ we wound up having a very long and interesting conversation about Stickley family and Arts and Crafts furniture after which I was confident that RJ not only knew his stuff, but that he was also receptive to our ideas. We already had the original plans for the bookshelf design that we wanted to use, although the dimensions needed to be altered to fit 12" record albums instead of books.

During the construction process, I dropped into the shop several times to see how everything was coming along. R.J. always made me feel welcome and took the time to show me everything he was ding. When it came time to do the finish, I had a couple of ideas in mind which R.J. was very open to The finished product was exactly what we had in mind, which is as great a compliment as I can think of for this piece, being based on the originally Gustav Stickley design I was very familiar with. I found R.J. not only a very talented artisan, but also extremely honest and open about every aspect of our project. We definitely plan to use him in the future, and I would recommend him without hesitation.

If our cabinet was a product in any of the furniture stores around, I am certain the cost would have been at best comparable and probably more expensive, and the quality would have certainly been far less that what R.J. Built for us.


Thomas Murrary
Cordova, TN

R.J., I received the display case today in perfect condition. It’s exactly what I wanted in every detail, and beautifully crafted. My compliments and appreciation. Feel free to use my name if you ever need a customer reference. 

Thanks again. It was a pleasure to make your acquaintance.

Jeff Mills
New London, CT

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