About 2016-12-11T22:08:37+00:00


Cabinetmaker, furniture designer, graduate of College of the Redwoods under James Krenov.  Operates Capital Joinery LLC in Madison WI.

Chris began building furniture after graduating from UW Madison with a wildlife ecology major.  He was hired at a local Madison family business making custom roll-top desks.  Moving on, he worked at multiple architectural millwork companies and then on his own, getting a better understanding of materials, techniques, and attention involved in developing something of quality.

In 2001, he applied and was accepted to the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in California, where Chris and his fellow students were fortunate enough to be the last class taught by James Krenov.  He received the James Krenov scholarship for the furniture he created while at school and had a rocking chair published in Fine Woodworking magazine.

Capital Joinery LLC expanded into a new shop (3223 Burke Ave, Madison WI) in summer of 2015.

Chris lives and plays in Madison, WI.  When not at his shop, he spends his time traveling, eating, playing cards, snowboarding, and other activities with his family (wife and 2 teenagers) and friends.

Chris is kept company at the shop by his dogs Charley and Fritz, as well as the many client and craftspeople drop-ins.


A local furniture designer and builder, specializing in a wide range of custom commercial and residential pieces, often times in collaboration with other Wisconsin craftspeople, or interior design or architecture firms.

Chris built a beautiful platform bed made of cherry. He was on time, on budget and a real partner in planning out the details. I’d highly recommend for any custom project…a real craftsman.
George Hofheimer, Madison WI

Outstanding, professional work. Everyone who sees it loves our beautiful Ash live edge table!! We pass through the dining room just to look at the work of art!

Janet Dykstra, Wilmette IL

Incredibly beautiful joinery and design. I’ve chosen the woods for all projects myself, and Chris guided me in designing each gorgeous piece to be both functional and a work of art. Difficult to find this level of talent and care for the work, anywhere.

Greta DeCoster, Madison WI


This is Capital Joinery’s step-by-step guide for idea sharing, designing and creation of your custom piece.


One of the favorite parts of Chris’ profession is collaborating with a client to have a conceptual furniture idea take shape.  Typical means of idea exchange:

  • Via email, contact page, phone conversation (608) 556-0306, or face-to-face
  • Pass pictures or links of ideas back and forth to refine final concept
  • Home consultation – This is an excellent way for me to get an idea of the space and a better understanding of your style preference
  • 3223 Burke Ave – There is a considerable stock of furniture books, magazines, and actual pieces at the shop.  People are always welcome to stop by during working hours, otherwise a private consultation can be arranged.


After working on the concept, Chris works with you to bring together the details:

  • Choose the wood type(s)
  • Finalize dimensions
  • Discuss finishes – I lean toward using natural finishes to enhance the wood’s natural color, but am willing to work with you on many options
  • Chris creates scaled drawing(s)


Once we’ve gotten through the brainstorming and design, the fun part begins!

  • Chris provides the final drawing and quote
  • Pay half down to get on calendar (typically booking 6-12 weeks out)
  • You will keep you well updated on status of the project
  • Arrange delivery (in person delivery or shipping available)
  • Final payment due upon delivery