My service areas are Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Garland, Richardson, etc.

Thank you very much for your visiting at firstcarpentry.com. If you have any questions for your project, please send me e-mail with some brief information (type of work, rough dimensions, specifications, etc.) and some pictures for your project as well as your name & area of your house. My working area is limited depending on the distance. I can answer most of questions including a rough estimate by mail. Your mail will be answered in the night time on the same day after work in most of cases. During day time, I am at the job site. If you need to talk to me, please call my cell at 972-849-1751. To send me mail, please copy & paste  my email address,   lee@firstcarpentry.com   and use your own email.

NOTE: After I send you mail and/or text for scheduling of estimate or job, if I don't hear your reply for confirmation by next day, its schedule will be cancelled automatically without further notice for other clients.

My name is M. H. Lee (I am a Korean). Please call me Lee. Since 1986, I have been working as a professional carpenter in Dallas, TX area.

Terms of Payment: I don't ask any down payment for small jobs. They will be upon completion. For larges jobs which need to purchase lots of material, they will be as agreed per cases.

Recently, I am receiving a lot of inquiries for built in bookshelf. It is very time consuming job and expensive even though it is very simple design. It costs about $500 to 1000 up per linear foot per your spec. There is some more articles below about built ins. For example, 8' long x 8'H would cost about $4,000 & up for a simple open bookshelf.

The Jos I Do: Most of Carpentry & Painting, Home Repairs & Remodeling, Interior & Exterior Trim, Finish Carpentry, Wainscot, Windows, Doors, Decks, Siding, Railing, Built-in Cabinetry, Tile, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling/Repair, etc.

Note: Please feel free to contact me without any obligations. After I send you an estimate by email, I don't contact you until you reply. This website does not contain any harmful virus and spywares and its ISP is Yahoo Small Business Web Host. If your project is kind of urgent, please call me to check my schedule. Sometimes are very busy, sometimes no job. Same day service is available if I don't have any schedule. I do most of estimates on Saturdays or after work (late afternoon) during weekdays. Please feel free to contact me on weekends or evening time.

About Custom Built-ins: Recently, I have been receiving many inquiries about custom built ins for bookshelf, TV entertainment center, etc. Please read followings about custom built-ins.

1. Any customs built ins are very time consuming job regardless of the sizes. It means very expensive. For example, bookshelf, size 8'L x 12"D x 8'H, all open shelves, very simple design, the cost of carpentry only, unfinished, would be more than $2,500 including installation and it will take 3 to 4 days. The cost of finish for stain or painting would be another min. $1,500. It will take another 2 to 3 days (sanding, prime or stain, painting or polyurethane clear finish coats/2 times). So total material & labor (carpentry & finish) would cost more than $4,000. It is about $500 per lf. If you add doors, drawers, decorative design, etc., it will add to more of the cost.

2. Built -in is only one piece for your home, not mass production.

3. Most of pre-made ones in furniture stores are less than the cost of material, and good quality.

4. Advantage of custom built-in is for certain size. It fits into your space between wall & wall and floor to celling per your specifications.

5. It should be much better to buy pre-made ones instead of custom ones if you can use.

6. If you need custom built-ins, please let me know with some information (size, stain or painting, rough specifications and some pictures of space). I can give you a ball park estimate by the mails.

7. I am a mobile carpenter. I set up all carpentry tools and build everything at the job sites. So you will see all procedures and progress. If you want to change the design or something else, it is very easy and convenience. Before starting, I protect your floors and other stuffs and maintain job site clean as much as possible.

Exterior Carpentry Repair & Painting (Walnut Hill & Bodecker, Dallas)

  • Job start: 10/2011

  • Scope of works: Repair/replace all rotten fascia & soffit, protection, sanding, clean, caulking, spot prime on bare wood & painting.

  • Kitchen cabinet paining: Sanding entire surface, replace all hinges.

  • This Job took about 4 weeks (1 week for kitchen cabinet painting and 3 weeks for exterior carpentry repair and painting).

Radius window trim Replacement with PVC & Flexible Radius Molding (Stonebriar, Frisco)

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  • Start: 08/02/2011

  • All trim & bottom sills are rotten by sprinkler water.

  • Replaced all trim (brick mold) with PVC, sill with pressure treated lumber, and radius top trim with polymer molding.

  • Radius trim (flexible molding) is special order made. It is made per order (radius & length) and takes about 2 weeks. So it is very expensive, @12.00 per ft (about $96 for 8' long).

Replace Front Door, Siding & Framing (Royal & Greenville, Dallas)

  • Scope of works: Replace whole front (in & out), 8'w x 26'h, siding, drywall, framing, door & finish in & out.

  • The weight of new front door is about 520lbs, special order made, walnut, 4"w x 96"h x 2-1/4"T and 1 side, factory pre-finished (standard front door: 36'w x 80"h x 1-3/4"t).

  • In order to install a very heavy, tall & wide door, first I had to build very strong framing. All 2x6 studs & 2x12 header were fastened all together with 5" lag screws (3 studs at each side), and plumbed & leveled almost perfectly. This kind of job should be done in one time because adjustment or fine tuning of heavy door is very difficult. In general, most of painting grade or unfinished doors are fairly easy to be installed because we don't need to worry about scratches too much during installation. We (3 carpenters) could not wear tool belt and wrapped our pants belt with thick rag to prevent from scratches. If the surface is once scratched accidently, it is almost impossible to fix unless whole door is re-finished. This door jamb also is pre-finished with stain. So, to secure the jamb into house frame, 4 of 1/2"dia x 5/16" deep holes on each side jamb were to be made to place 3" screws because there are no invisible spots to secure the jamb in the frame. These holes will be plugged with same walnut.

  • A door set was delivered at the job site on 4/09 morning at 8:30 and installation was completed successfully around 5 pm.

  • Built solid framing above door (3'H) for anchoring the large and heavy metal awning (11'x5'). So awning guys can use any surface to secure the heavy awning.

  • From Monday (4/12/2010), siding, trim and painting will start.

  • Cost of this job is about $9500 without door set.

Outdoor Upstairs Deck & Railing (Royal & Greenville, Dallas)

Bay Window Trim & Siding Replacement (Preston & Frankford)


  Project: Greentree Apt. Garland, TX

Built-in Bookshelf  and Wall Paneling, Preston & Forest, Dallas

The jobs I finished (1997 - 1999)


Certificate of General Liability Insurance $1 mil. (11/30/2023 to 11/30/2024)



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Extreme Pizza, Preston & N.W. Hwy, Dallas



Cabana Remodeling, White Rock Lake area, Dallas

  • Demo entire inside.
  • New framing, vaulted ceiling, french doors and windows
  • Sheetrocking, TBT (tape, bed & texture)
  • Painting
  • Hardie siding






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Recently finished a job (6/02/22 to 7/25/22), Back Porch Decking & Screening, Farmers Branch, Google Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/MfJtVSLyXsMphVWm9


Victorian House Exterior Renovation, Dallas near Dallas Baylor Hospital(11/01/20 to 4/30/21), Google Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/GRxP9UrsRxHxtTNEA



Christopher K

7 years ago-

Lee is one of the most skilled and capable carpenters in the business. His promptness, precision and quality are unmatched and ability in regards to problem solving set him above the rest. He is also extremely honest about any job and the prices and materials required.

Our firm hired him to create a large number of complex custom store display props for a worldwide fashion and jewelry manufacturer. With his engineering experience, he was not only able to reproduce them in large numbers but he also produced them flawlessly. In fact, his work was seen by others who believed the pieces were created by CNC machines and said such work could not be made by hand.

So, I HIGHLY recommend Lee and First Carpentry for any carpentry, repair and fabrication jobs. He has a degree of craftsmanship (and a kind attitude) that is rare these days and worth every penny.

Porch Screening, Dallas, TX (April 2019)


1. Porch screening in Dallas Conservation District

2. Plan approved by City of Dallas & HOA

3. Framing: Double 2x4 pressure treated lumber

4. Trim board: LP Engineered Smart Board (1x4 & 1x6) & PVC

5. Total cost: About $16,000

School Project for Fall Opening Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Frisco (July to Aug. 2020).

1. Built 500 linear feet of shelf with 500 hooks for student backpack.

2. Built some table dividers.

3. Pre painted 1st coat outside, then 2nd coat inside after installed.

4. Total 1000 feet of 1x4 primed pine and 1000 ft of trim

5. The pictures don't show much of jobs I did and how I did.

6. I set 2 sets of a lot of carpentry tools inside & outside with 2 of 10x20 tent for tools & material outside.

7. All power tools inside were hooked with vacuum to minimize the dust.


Computer Work Benches, Plano, TX (Feb to June, 2020)



1. 24 sets of 8'L (192LF) work benches for special business purpose.

2. High pressure plastic laminate (HPL) with 1mm thick(approx. 0.40")

3. Nowadays, this type of work is very rare and time consuming job.

4. Total cost of material($25000) & labor ($45000): About: $70000.

5. As I am a mobile carpenter without shop, it's impossible to build these many large & heavy pieces unless they provided a large work space for my tools & material. I had to set up a lot of carpentry tools. I really appreciate them for their kindness & cooperation during the job.



120 Years Old House Renovation, Frisco, TX (Jan. 2019)



More pictures on Google Photos:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/CibLmxjjnrQaHYzC9


1. Start Jan. 2019 to April, 2019 (3 months).

2. Exterior renovation (carpentry & painting).

3. It was built 1890s.

4. Total cost of material & labor: About $65,000.


Bookshelf, Dallas, TX (May, 2019)



1. Size: Approx. 21'L x 8'H

2. It took about 2 weeks.

3. Original plan was changed slightly.

3. This job is carpentry only. No painting.

3. Total material & labor: $9500.

Screened Back Porch, White Rock Lake, Dallas (6/09 to 8/01,2014)

More pictures on Google Photos  https://photos.app.goo.gl/FkERveJVFDRChCvp9

1. Start: 6/09/14, Finish: Aug.01,14 (About 7 weeks)
2. Location: White Rock Lake area
3. Size: Approx. 16' x 27'

4. Wrapping all beams with 1x12, clear yellow pine (no knots)

5. Deck framing

6. Decking: premium grade pressure treated lumber (no knots &

    straight grain. Hiddden screws

7. Beaded ceiling: 3/4"(1x6) clear yellow pine(no knots)

8. No joints between board & trim if they are less than 16' long

9. Screen framing with heavy duty fiberglass insect screen

10. Screen doors: 1-1/2"t custom built, red wood

11. Painting (prime, sanding, caulking & 2 coats of painting

12. I did only carpentry & painting (approx. $35,000).

13. Metal roof ($4,000) & electrical($4,500) done by other contractors

14. City of Dallas building permit: Approved framing & final

Windows Installation at Brick Wall, Plano (10/2013)

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1. Day 1(Mon): Set up dust barrier and protect floor & others as much as possible. Remove sheetrock and framing.
2. Day 2(Tue): Build new headers and framing. Cut the brick larger than the window size.
3. Day 3(Wed): Install 2 windows (64"x69", white aluminum frame, tempered & double insulated glass, low-e), and sheetrocking.
4. Day 4(Thu): Brick repair, install brick metal lintel, and sheetrock texture.
5. Day 5(Fri): Brick repair, wall prime, 2 coats of painting, trim, clean up and all finished
6. It took 5 days (7:30 to 6:30 everyday) with 4 crew members and cost about $7,000(material & labor).

Built-in Bookshelf, Plano

Following pictures are built-in bookshelf that I recently built in Plano (09/12). The size is 6'w x 8'h x 20"d. Material is oak plywood for main body and shelves, 3/4" solid oak for all face frame and 1/2" oak plywood for backing. It took 6 days (3.5 days for carpentry and 2.5 days for stain & clear polyurethane coat (2 coats). All shelves are adjustable except middle one. Joining methods are dado, rabbit & pocket screws with wood glue. This is very typical way of quality carpentry joinery, nothing special. All of carpenters use this method. One of critical problems during the job in the occupied homes is dust during the sanding job.

Before starting a job, sealed everywhere with plastic, then attached a sander with heavy duty DeWalt automatic vacuum to minimize dust. Protective clear coat was lacquer on all shelves (3 coats) and all face frame and main body was wipe-on polyurethane (2 coats).

It costs $4200 for material & labor ($2700 for carpentry & $1500 for stain & finish coat). Pictures don't show all details because of small space.

Crown Molding Installation, Preston & Frankford, Dallas


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Built-in Kitchen Cabinet, Lower Greenville, Dallas

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Windows Trim Replacement with Hardie Cement Trim Board (7/26/11 to 7/28/11), Plano

Exterior Door and Window Repair (Lower Greenville), 4/05/11 to 4/07/11

Built-in Cabinet: Master Closet (Frisco), 3/22/2011 to 4/01/2011

Window and Trim Repair, Dallas

Exterior Siding Replacement, White Rock Lake area, Dallas






First Carpentry & Painting
7114 Manor Oaks Dr. Dallas, TX 75248
972-705-9901,  972-849-1751 (cell)
E-mail:     lee@firstcarpentry.com

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