Hi there and welcome to my workshop! My name is Allen and I specialize in making mantels, floating shelves, and custom built-ins for your home.  I work exclusively with premium, furniture grade lumber and have fine tuned a very natural looking, distressed finish in Alder.  Other common hardwoods like maple, white oak, cherry and walnut are crafted with a smooth finish.

Before my woodworking adventure began in 2016, I spent 12 years as a wedding photographer, shooting over 300 weddings!!  I think my old FB page is still up, Doberenz Photography.  While my primary craft has changed, my desire to create something artistic and unique is what led me down this new path (also, I enjoy time away from computers).  I love the thought that these pieces could last a lifetime (or more!) in your home. 

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 large scale pieces can be made of smaller sections that are assembled on site.

Fill out the contact page or shoot me a txt to start the discussion.   I'm happy to work with individual homeowners, general contractors, remodelers, and designers. 

~Allen Doberenz  |  adobewoodworks@gmail.com  |  512-925-4810 (call/txt)

My woodworking journey...

Humble beginnings

Here's where it all began in 2016... experimenting with a table saw on the back porch. This is where I made my first mantels and that is the first workbench I made.  The cabinet/hutch on the left was something I had made when we lived in a small condo some 20 years before.

Gaining steam

I soon realized I had to move indoors and took over the garage.  I added as many tools that could fit as projects steadily rolled in.  I made it work for as long as I could, but in the end, the space was simply too small for the amount of work coming in.

A new home

As business grew, I began to search for a larger workspace, and we were lucky enough to find a home with an attached workshop (about 700 sq ft) in 2019.  The chaotic move took nearly 6 months and this is an early photo of the shop getting set up.

Router Table

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!

The Workbench

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 so the final step was to hand plane the top to a 1/32" flatness across the 88"x50" surface.

Why Adobe??

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.

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