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Charlie Plesums builds custom furniture, using first rate materials and techniques, to meet your unique size, function, or style requirements. He is glad to build moderately priced conventional items such as bookcases, entertainment centers, beds, and tables, but he also loves to build special items of exceptional beauty (sometimes called artistic or studio furniture). See the section about us for more about his background and over 60 years experience. Or just enjoy the examples of our work below.
Lumber prices vary wildly, and with the housing boom of 2020 have skyrocketed (or in some cases, the desired wood is not readily available). The prices on this site are still a good estimate, but are not updated continuously. If you are interested in a copy of something here, the price may need to change to cover my costs; if you want something similar, it is still an estimate. Let's talk!
With his engineering training, he has a special interest in design challenges - for example, jewelry storage built into a lingerie chest, or a bedroom entertainment center at the top of a chest of drawers. This web site shows the prices to reproduce previous projects to give you an idea of what your piece may cost. We hope you will enjoy looking.
Our other site
We learned many business and technology lessons as a solo woodworker that we started another web site to share those ideas.
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Examples of our work
Examples of our exceptional (artistic) work
We love the opportunity and challenge of building things to meet your special requirements, especially those that include unusual features (Charlie's engineering degree still shows) - we would be glad to chat about your needs. You may call (512-423-7560) or e-mail (Charlie@Plesums.com) days, nights, or weekends - we work from our home, so you will have our personal attention. Despite the large amount of woodworking equipment, including an imported European combination machine the size of a car, our shop is still in our garage. We do not have a showroom... most of our furniture is custom made for a particular customer and has been delivered... but we do have a few items in our home that we would be glad to show you. We are not a licensed contractor, so generally do not build kitchen cabinets or other items that must be installed or built into your home.
We are located in Northwest Austin Texas, 78759. We travel to the Dallas area periodically to visit our son, and will consider taking something there for you. Most of our customers are local, so if it is impractical for you to pick up, and it fits in our minivan, we will work with you on delivery. We welcome customers from anywhere. Shipping small items is easy, but if you are interested in larger item and are remote, please check these issues.
Are we expensive?
No, but if you are looking for bargain furniture, it is not us! The large scale overseas factories using man-made or composite materials and automated machinery can do a better job building cheap furniture than we, whether sold by WalMart, Ikea, Crate and Barrel, or Rooms to Go. If you want inexpensive furniture, enjoy our ideas and suggestions, but please don't ask us to try to compete with these low-cost vendors.
If you want good quality furniture that will last a lifetime, we are competitive with quality "store-bought" furniture (but see our notes on what we have found in some presumably "good" furniture stores). If you need a custom size or special feature in your furniture, we excel, because every piece we build is custom made to meet your needs. We are amused when we are often asked "what size does it comes in..." The answer is "whatever size you want."
One of our customers said they were "looking for a Toyota, not a Lexus." I know woodworkers who are clearly "Lexus" (and are far more expensive than we are). I can't say how our furniture is less than theirs, but our focus is on value for the customer rather than absolute perfection... I like the "Toyota" analogy. And our work should certainly not be compared to a "Yugo."
If you are considering having us build something for you, see our page on getting started
We do not want to do competitive "bids" to build furniture (or "bids" for comparison with commercially available options). We want to build furniture, not write multiple proposals for each potential sale, and have ample work from people who understand our costs, based on the examples on this web site, referrals, and personal discussions. Most of our customers have come back for two to five (or more) items, so we must be doing something right.
Designs and Dimensions
For each group of furniture, in addition to the construction details for individual pieces, we have also included sizes, facts, and figures we have collected from countless sources. These can be your starting point, as they are ours, if we are going to build something for you.
If you are a woodworker who is planning to build your own furniture, we hope you find the data we have collected to be useful. If you use our data, we only ask that you share your experiences and any lessons learned with us.
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We primarily serve Austin and the Central Texas area, but travel to the DFW area periodically and are glad to serve the Garland, Plano, Dallas, and other North Texas areas, and are willing to ship anywhere.