Highboy Dresser

(Black Walnut & African Mahogany)

Pie Safe Cabinet

Cherry & Maple Hutch


Custom Cabinets & Furniture

Karl J. Smith Mountain Home, Idaho - Phone (208) 587-5268


Karl Smith, the owner of Custom Woodworking, founded his cabinet shop at its present location in 1977. He says, When my wife and I moved into this property in 1975, the mobile home was the only building on the property. The shop, which is mostly built of salvaged materials, has been five different sizes over the years and is currently about 2000 sq. feet.

I have no formal schooling in woodwork. I first worked in wood manufacturing with a bee keeper out north of Mountain Home named Dave Koch. He was something of a mechanical wizard who built not only his own honey bee equipment, but several of the machines he used to build it with. He was a rather persnickety craftsman who demanded the most precise and quality work. It was an excellent apprenticeship.

I have, over the years, been involved with just about every type of woodwork imaginable, from antique vehicle restorations to cabinets for Geodesic Domes. The only limitation I adhere to has to do with scale. Some jobs are just too large. Im a one man shop and my focus is on satisfying my clients one at a time, and expanding my own education and skills. I offer Dovetail & Mortise and Tenon construction techniques and cut and assemble all my work here in my shop. I have often said I feel most fulfilled when a client, while writing the final check on a job, tells me, I dont know how you did it, but its exactly what I wanted.

Karl does kitchen cabinetry along with many other projects. Have a project in mind; maybe Karl can accomplish it for you?


Geodesic Dome

Cabinet & Sink

Snake Habitat

Customized Trim

(1923 Dodge Roadster)


Customized Coffin

Oval Mirror / Picture Frame