DB Designs
Beauty, Form and Function
Woodworking and Products for Daily Living

 

   

* Custom Carpenter, Woodworker and Furniture Maker *
* Design, Research and Consultation *
* 20+ years experience in wood and metal design, fabrication, invention and prototypes *
* Outstanding attention to detail and problem-solving abilities *
* Finished work that is Aesthetically Beautiful and Structurally Functional *

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CUSTOM BUILDING & DESIGN:

Bookshelves
Beds
Cabinets
Armoires
Desks
Van, RV and Mobile Home Interiors
Home and Office Solutions
Trade Show Displays
Recording Studio Build-outs and Consultations

LET'S BUILD THE VISION IN YOUR MIND!

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1) MY RATE:
$30/hour
4 hour minimum

2) CONSULTATIONS:
I give FREE PHONE CONSULTATIONS for up to 20 minutes.
Please provide pictures, descriptions and/or sketches in advance.
I don't do "blind quotes" without these in hand.

I provide IN-PERSON CONSULTATIONS for 1 1/2 hours for $90 for the Los Angeles area.
I will visit your home or shop, discuss your project in detail,
walk you through your potential material and labor costs
and make sketches that can be used moving forward.
Many clients find these initial consultations invaluable for correcting miscalculations and providing proper direction.

3) RESEARCH
I am a skilled researcher and usually have a very fast turnaround time;
If you have questions about a design, are seeking a specialty part, space-saving solution, certain type of wood, etc.
My rate is $30/hr.
You get all my research materials at the end of each paid session.

4) MATERIALS:
I often like to separate Material Costs from labor and have client pay them directly.
NOTE: I mark up NO material costs, unlike some carpenters.
I often bring clients on my first material run (shopping); this helps them understand materials, design options and costs better.
I CAN work with materials provided by a client - provided they are the correct ones to do the job properly.
I try to give accurate material estimates and to stay within budgets;
however, projects can go over estimates depending on a variety of factors including design changes, material changes, etc.
I turn in ALL receipts to clients as they are paid.

5) LABOR:
50-25-25 terms unless otherwise discussed.
After a signed contract, Clients pay a 50% deposit on labor before work begins.
When this deposit is worked off, Client pays 25%, then final 25% before delivery / pick up.
I try to be accurate with labor estimates and tostay within budgets;
however, projects can go over estimates depending on on a variety of factors including design changes, material changes. etc.
I clock in and out via text with Clients and provide pictures of progress.
I also submit detailed work sheets at various intervals.

6) TRAVEL TIME:
I am based in Los Feliz (just East of Hollywood).
I typically work from my studio. All work that is done in my shop incurs no travel fee.
OFFSITE WORK:
For Offsite work within 15 minutes of studio, no travel fee.
Offsite work over 15 minutes from my studio is charged a travel rate at my hourly ($30/hr.)
I have a full-size van that can be used for pick-up and delivery of materials but it only holds so much.
For larger projects, there is a U-haul near my house which has provided excellent service and can be rented for as little as $35/day.

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TO RECEIVE A QUOTE, please submit the following:

1) A sketch, target picture and description of the project
2) A working budget (please give some range)
3) Intended use - permanent or temporary? (Will affect materials, build quality , cost, etc.).
4) Quality of wood - framing grade (rough), B (some blemishes and knots) or A ("clear"), rare woods, etc.
5) Fasteners (starting with least expensive): glue & brads, screws, pocket holes, dowels, dados, tongue and groove, etc.
6) Intended completion date
7) YOUR PHONE NUMBER and EMAIL. (CL only assigns a temporary email to your correspondence).

PLEASE NOTE:
1) I do not do "budget" projects
2) I don't do outdoor projects in direct sunlight
3) I operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. I put Clients who are "ready to go" ahead of others.
4) I cannot match the prices of mass-produced items from IKEA, Target, etc. No custom carpenter can.

Thank you!
Contact me for more information:

Dave Bass
678-793-8606



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REFERENCES:


"When you find a good thing, you want to share it with everyone. Dave is just that. We hired Dave to build us a a very specific wooden mailbox for our home and are so happy that we found him. The process was extremely pleasant from beginning to end; he asked all of the right questions and didn't spare any details in his answers or his work. He communicated with us throughout the entire process, from design to completion and we felt assured that he was orchestrating a beautiful end product. Dave truly has the rare quality of being a total professional and a talented artist at the same time. He delivered on time, kept every promise and the final product completely exceeded our expectations. I confidently recommend Dave to everyone. If you work with him, you will feel understood and at ease knowing that your project will go smoothly and be completed with great quality and detailed work."
Paul & June, custom mailbox, 7/17

"The top fit perfectly. I will definitely be in contact with you for future projects and set work - you helped me out so much and did a perfect job, i want to help you and continue such excellent craftsmanship! It was flawless!"
Michael, Counter top, 1/17

"Dave was hired to build a set of freestanding flats for an interactive installation. Prior to the work, I was looking for someone who can work with me in a very hands-on way. Fortunately, Dave was able to accommodate it and I had a blast working with him. During the work, he walked me through the process as well as all of the caveats that I need to watch out for when building the flats for my specific purpose. I was really impressed by his ability to get the job done with meticulous details. He was also very thorough, communicative and professional at all times. After seeing how he works, I consider Dave as a great person to work with. He has a very strong moral value and ethics when it comes to doing business and I really respect his creative and building process. I highly recommend Dave Bass to provide any carpentry projects!"
- Jinsoo, Interactive Installation, 8/16

"Dave is an incredible carpenter. He took my idea and guided and advised on how to make the idea into an incredible, tangible product. Dave's planning, attention to detail and thorough work with wood is phenomenal. Dave built a 4 x 6 foot American Flag for me out of wood, utilizing a separate piece of wood for each stripe and empty shell casings for stars. He then used a water-based dye to stain the wood red, white and blue. The end product was a piece of art, to say the least.
Everyone who sees my flag is absolutely amazed. Dave knows the intricacies of wood and how to work with it. He is incredibly detail-oriented and ensures that his work is perfection when he is complete. I would highly recommend Dave for anyone looking for a great carpenter."
- George, Giant Wooden American Flag, 12/15

"Exceptional ability to perform research - he found a solution to one of my need's within an hour, when I had been on the web searching for weeks. His clocking in system via text is amazing, he conducts himself in a very professional manner and is extremely reliable. I highly recommend Dave for R&D and will certainly use him again for my future projects."
- Timothy, entrepreneur, 12/15

"Dave was wonderful to work with. From the initial phone call, he made me feel taken care of and secure in his skill and knowledge. To my surprise he came to my home right after speaking with him and gave me an estimate, sketch and time estimate to finish the job on that day. Dave then texted me at every stage of the process, from purchasing supplies to his progress in constructing the piece asked for. I always felt secure in knowing he was doing his job. Finally he came to finish the job and charged me less than his estimate. The final product is beautiful. Way to go Dave!
If you're looking to hire someone for your carpentry needs, look no further and hire Dave Bass.
- Patricia H., happy customer," 10/15

"Your attention to detail and methodical approach to everything you do is inspiring."
- Zach & Mel, Custom full-size bunk beds for Airbnb, 6/15

"I'd like to share a good job experience I had with Dave. I found him because I was in need of a handyman to install a basketball goal/backboard in my backyard on a wooden patio. It was kind of tricky to install anything that big on it.
Dave was very professional and an easy going guy. He really knows his stuff. I originally had an idea of how to put it up but he suggested a different way which required more material and was more complex, but in the long run, it was the best way to go. I will definitely use him again on future handyman projects.
Thanks a lot, Dave. See you soon!"
- Chip, Basketball mount, Gazebo work, privacy fence, 3/15

"Dave is knowledgeable about woodwork and worked hard to help us achieve our vision. He advised us throughout the entire process, helping our team purchase the appropriate materials
and offering helpful set-up and travel tips for the prop door we hired him to build.
We recommend Mr. Bass for carpentry projects, as we believe his diligence will help your
project succeed. We used our prop door to help demo our products at an industry trade show. The
smart design helped our booth stand out from the competition, and we hope to use this door for
the rest of our trade show season and for a variety of future projects."
- Kevin, Free-standing door for trade show display, 3/15

"I love working with you; you do great work."
- Steven, Kitchen counter re-build in Westwood, 3/15

"He is an amazing handyman who can do almost anything to which he sets his mind and ingenuity.
He has done some projects for me, and I've seen numerous examples of his work in homes and recording studios where he has sometimes invented new ways to resolve fairly complex challenges, to amazing results.
If you have a task that needs doing, Dave is the guy who will find a way to resolve it for you, no matter how difficult it may seem."
- Elliot, Various Home Improvement Projects, 2/15



Created 10/23/17