Custom Woodwork and Antique Repair

Located in Pinole, CA. Serving the Entire Bay Area
Call 925.357.0538 For a Free Consult!

Modern Furniture

Old World Craftsmanship

Private lessons in my Pinole Wood Shop

At this time, students need to show proof of vaccination and wear masks

If you know what you want to make, but have little to no experience, I will show you how to safely and effectively make your project.  Students have made vanities, cabinets, shelving systems, beds or rebuilt antique furniture.  What do you want to make?

Instruction runs $95. per hour with a 2 hour minimum.

Bring a friend and split the cost.

You can come in and make use of the following in house tools:

Sawstop sliding table saw; Jet lathe, drill press, band saw; Festool  domino, track saw, and random orbital sander; Dewalt thickness planer; Powermatic jointer; Tormak sharpening system; Proteck HVLP sprayer; as well as a complete set of hand tools including hand planes, scrapers and chisels.

What Clients Say About My Work

Jarrel P.

Thank you once again. It stands out and it's absolutely stunning

Paul B.

I cannot thank you enough for making that an experience of a lifetime. I really enjoyed that so much, even though my body is destroyed. And it was such a pleasure getting to know you. You are are very kind, patient teacher and that means a lot of me as sometimes I can be a bit slow on the uptake.

Erica B.

Had so much fun, creating this piece from start to finish with Robert!! He was really easy to work with and I learned so much from using sketch-up to beveling and sanding and honestly so much more! I am cooking up ideas for my next project. I love my shelf and I admire it everyday 🙂

Naoko W.

Thank you for doing all the hard work for us!! You are amazing!!

Erica C.

Robert was able to take a cherished piece of family furniture( a chair with a long history) and re create it into a beautiful box to hold special memories for me... he is a master craftsman, as I am an artist and value his talent.

Nancy P.

Robert was amazing! He made and installed a custom shelf so I could put the top of my hutch on the wall. It’s perfect! Now I’m a repeat customer as he fixed a very sentimental wooden bench for my step-mom. He’s my go-to guy for any custom woodworking!!

Steve M.

Robert was a delight. Good work, done quickly. Fair price.


Robert was easy to work with, and his work was polished

Gus E.

Me Vallentyne made a bed frame for my minivan, very well made, sturdy and super elegant, make sure listen Mr Vallentyne suggestions he know exactly what you need.  I am very happy with the purchase.

Carol M..

Vallentyne Woodworks made a complex wall cabinet for us and we are very pleased. Robert was a pleasure to work with and created a beautiful cabinet system. His work is very high quality and the work was completed on time. I highly recommend Vallentyne Woodworks.

Sarah B.

Robert did terrific work re-assembling a Mediterranean antique wood grape carrier … He was quick and careful will full attention to every detail. He was also clear in what I could expect as a result of his work…  I hIghly recommend him!

Jerry W.

I was in need of some custom desk elements for an installation of electronics equipment. Based on my general requirements, Robert came back with detailed plans that met my timeline and budget. The finished pieces are perfect.

Very satisfied customer!

Patrick N.

Robert did a great job building me a custom shelving unit for my vinyl records. He was very patient and helpful throughout the process, and the final product turned out looking amazing. I’d work with him again on another project in a heartbeat.

Adriane S.

Robert is easy to work with, professional and caring. It was a PLEASURE working with him and I would GLADLY rehire him before going to anyone else for cabinets !

Erica C.

Robert was able to take a cherished piece of family furniture( a chair with a long history) and re create it into a beautiful box to hold special memories for me... he is a master craftsman, as I am an artist and value his talent.

Naoko W.

Thank you for doing all the hard work for us!! You are amazing!!

Patricia P.

"I wanted to let you know that my husband is very happy with the chairs. We just redesigned our front porch and they are perfect for that space."

Sue H.

"The rocker looks Great! Thank you"

Sarah F.

The cabinet is fantastic. I am so excited about it!!!

Patricia W.

"Wow. It is much nicer than we were expecting!"

Erica B.

Thank you so much for helping me create this beautiful shelf I admire it every day ! I'm still styling it and seeing what exactly I want to go on it. "

About Vallentyne Woodworks

Robert Vallentyne has been a “Maker” for 45 years.  He opened his first business at the age of 20 and has been self-employed 45 years in carpentry and woodworking. After retiring and doing a short stint as an ocean crossing captain of a large sailing vessel, he settled on woodworking in his retirement.  Wood working is his passion, and completing a perfect project is what gives meaning to his life. 

“Each project I do brings new challenges, in designing, executing, and perfecting each work of art.  Unlike woodworkers who open factories and crank out cabinets every day, or chairs by the hundreds, my mission is more humble.  One item at a time, with each one due the care and respect it deserves.   My favorite saying is ‘Just do it perfect, it’ll be fine.’”

Custom tables, chairs, desks, cabinets, doors, or smaller items like jewelry boxes, cutting boards, bread boxes, and children’s toys. Larger items like restaurant furniture or custom butcher work benches, recording studio desks, or art pieces – All of these things bring joy to him as he finalizes and perfects each piece.

If you have a favorite antique peace, Robert has all of the old-world skills to ensure your grandma’s chair or hutch is brought back to life in better than new condition while respecting the years that the piece has been through.

“I don’t do a lot of work, I am after all retired, but the work I choose to do, is all given my complete attention, and benefits from cherished old-world skills as well as cutting edge modern skills when they prove superior.  When I repair something, it is as good as new and can expect a life of many years of service.

When you commission a piece, I absolutely guaranteed it will thrill you.

That is my promise.”

-Robert Vallentyne


2534 Carmelita Way, Pinole, CA 94564