Hi there and welcome to my workshop! My name is Allen and I specialize in making beam style mantels, floating shelves, and custom built-ins and furniture for your home. I work exclusively with premium, furniture grade lumber and have fine tuned a very natural looking, distressed finish in Alder. I also use maple, white oak, cherry and walnut for smooth finishes.
Before my woodworking adventure began in 2016, I spent 12 years as a wedding photographer, shooting over 300 weddings!! While my primary craft has changed, my desire to create something artistic and unique is what led me down this new path. I enjoy working with my hands to create something to be enjoyed for generations to come.
I am a one person show, so everything from meetings to building and even installing, ensures a level of craftsmanship that is hard to find these days. But it can limit the size of projects I take on - mainly the overall physical size and the time frame needed. Some larger scale pieces can be made of smaller sections and then assembled on site.
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~Allen Doberenz | email@example.com | 512-925-4810 (call/txt)
Here's where it all began in 2016... experimenting with a table saw on the back porch. This is where I made my first mantel and my first workbench. The cabinet/hutch on the left was something I had made when we lived in a small condo some 20 years before.
I soon realized I had to move indoors and took over the garage. I added as many tools as I could fit - as projects steadily rolled in. But as it became busier and busier, the space was just too small.
We were lucky enough to find a home with an attached workshop - built by another woodworker during his retirement. The chaotic move took nearly 6 months and this is an early photo of the shop getting set up.
I wanted to memorialize the woodworker who had this workshop built, so I used some cypress boards he left behind in my new router table. I also have a few photos of the beautiful furniture he crafted including a couple mantels!
After 6 years in this craft, I finally made a workbench I can be proud of. The top is a 2.5" thick butcher block, made of Knotty Alder scraps from past projects. I had to make this in small sections but the finished top is about 88"x50".
It's my name!! [A]llen [DOBE]renz. This sign was a Christmas gift from my daughter in 2017 - she made it in a design class at ACC before heading off to Architecture school at TAMU. It hangs above my workshop door.