Local carpenter recommendations

Hi there! Does anyone have any recommendations for good, reliable and reasonable handymen/women or /carpenter’s in FH. Hoping to get a simple fitted wardrobe made.


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Give Peter at The Dovetail Joint a call. Very nice guy and they are FH based.

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Thanks @Londondrz - will give him a shout

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After having been kindly given a new front door by @Squwif (thank you!), I am looking for a recommendation for a carpenter to fit it.

It needs trimming down by a few cm, so will not be the most straightforward door fitting of all time. Therefore I’m thinking it will need a carpenter rather than a builder / handyman.

Any local recommendations appreciated.


Hi Matthew,

We recently had Robert at http://www.rkalcoves.com/ build and fit some cupboards for us. He was great, might be worth getting in touch to see if he can help.

Hi there! I can recommend the professionals at https://handymanhandy.co.uk/carpentry-services/. They are well equipped and reliable. I needed some help for the kitchen in my house and hired their services. Thumbs up for the guys, they did a great job.

Any more for any more :)?

Quick shout out to Ian from Direct Glass in Sydenham. We had an (accidental) broken side window in the kitchen yesterday and after googling SE23 Emergency Glass and getting a bunch of people who looked like they were paying to outrank each other in the search results (and therefore not cheap) I opted to search google maps for a local glazier.

I called Direct Glass close to 5pm yesterday 020 8778 6437 and he was here 1st thing this morning at 8am on the dot as promised. AN hour later and it’s sorted. He even matched the odd fluted glass we had (victorian) after i described it on the phone. Fabulous. I love people who do a decent job. I think an ‘emergency repair’ would have cost 4x as much, so I’m very happy to go local.

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Just had some custom made wardrobes, cupboards and bookshelves fitted and we’re so pleased with them that we would like to recommend Kastas (07885 989666) who made them and Arvydas (07840 065671) who painted them.

Any questions, please PM me.

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Can I just bump this - I need a kitchen base unit either removing or cutting in half so as to squeeze a dishwasher in. No interest on mybuilder and the handymanhandy lot recommended upthread aren’t returning calls or messages.

I’ve had the same issue with Checkatrade. Of four kitchen people contacted only one replied to say they were on holiday until the 17th. I want a cabinet for a built-in fridge taken out to allow for a stand alone fridge.

Maybe we should offer a job lot.

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I find that Rated People is good for urgent stuff, as generally only tradesmen with time to spare pay to read your ad. The more info you can give in the ad (including photos) the more likely you are to get a call from an interested person.

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Funnily enough, I posted on Rated People immediately after reading starman’s post, and got a bite within seconds.


Could you share who you used again? I posted what i thought was a comprenensive explanation and got nada.

Sorry, not logged on for a few days.

It was a chap from Beckenham called Rik Bennett - known as Jack of All Trades on there, I think. Was good.

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We recently had out kitchen refitted by Joe Kensington (07813679882) and he did a great job. Three days work and a really professional finish. Joe was very easy to communicate with; he sent a clear quote with a breakdown of costs in advance and we he was respectful of our home. We would definitely recommend him.

Does anyone have a recommendation for someone to come and build a bookcase/shelving unit please? thanks

Hi @Queenie23, it would be helpful if you could try some of the recommended tradespeople above and let us know if any of the recommendations are out of date or otherwise need updating. Thanks.

Peter just came to give us a quote - he’s local and seems to be good at understanding requirements and being creative with ideas. To @ChrisBeach’s point he’s still active, so still up to date.

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Lovely guy, please say Hi from the folks who were at Number1.

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