"The Cabinator"

Hot doggin on Kailua Bay


David Kalin has lived on Oahu since his arrival in 1989 from Baltimore, Maryland.  He inherited many of his skills from his father, an  Eastern European carpenter who emigrated to the U.S.A. through Ellis island, learning a new language, and eventually earning a degree in Architecture from Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore.  David inherited his dad's workshop tools, and destroyed most of them while still a child.


After High school graduation and a brief stint in the U.S. Merchant Marine, 18 yr. old David worked as a carpenter around Baltimore,D.C. area, eventually migrating to the mountains of West Virginia, the poor man's Vermont.


While still in his early 20's, he built himself house on a rural West Virginia property, lived off the land, and for a meager living he made musical instruments such as dulcimers and banjos from locally harvested woods.


Cherry, maple, hickory,walnut,oak, elm, sassafras, chestnut, butternut, and more abounded.  David discovers wood heaven, smack in the thick of the Monongahela National Forest.  PLUS phenomenal fiddle music by (at the time) living legends.


  From left over wood scraps, David designed a piece of accessory  furniture in the 70's that took off nationally and he wound up manufacturing thousands of units in kit form for seven years out of an old PLANING MILL in a small mountain town.


He eventually donated the entire business to the local Sheltered Workshop and moved  back to the Washington,D.C. area.  In the early 80's, he joined up with a crew of finish carpenters frantically installing interiors of mostly retail high end boutique clothing stores during the "Mall" craze of the 80's.   The Limited, Armani, Ann Taylor, Gucci, Victoria's Secret,  Neiman-Marcus, etc., working like Menehunies in the nightime hours in the numerous shopping malls that dot the D.C. - New York corridor.


His love of sailing and the lure of tropical beaches brought him to the Hawaiian Islands in 1989.   He joined the Carpenters Union upon his arrival and has maintained his own business of carpentry and custom cabinetry since then.


In the 90's. he had the opportunity to install  fine woodwork  at The Hawaii Convention Center, The First Hawaiian Center, and Neiman-Marcus Department Store, Ala Moana, the three largest construction projects in the state in the 90's.


David is fortunate to be a canal front homeowner on Kaneohe Bay, living at the same address since 1996, and has been in love with the same woman since 1992. 

His hobbies include catamaran sailing and power boating, and lately he's taken up riding a "Trikke" (Google it).


After over forty years of making sawdust and music, he still has all ten fingers, knock on wood.  He plays mountain fiddle, guitar, banjo, and piano (NOT ALL AT THE SAME TIME).   David  is  well tooled for the discipline of carpentry,  from house framing to furniture building.   He possesses a well-rounded collection of knowledge and  tools from three generations of carpenters, woodworkers, and architects.   He has built an expansive network of friends and associates in all the building trades.

Masterful in spray finishing either clear or pigmented "automobile quality" lacquer finishes.

Manufacturer of original design furniture and interior woodworking appointment, catering to demanding architects, exacting designers and discerning homeowners on Oahu since 1990.  



Hawaii Contractor's licence # C27817 .  Fully insured up to $2 Million. For more information and customer endorsements, Google " David Kalin Woodwork Oahu".