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“We commissioned Ridder’s Custom Woodwork, LLC to build a mantle around our existing fireplace. Several things equated to a very nice experience for us:
1) Price was in line with other estimates.
2) Excellent communication. Philip continually kept us up to date on the progress. He also said the job would take a certain time to complete, and the job was completed by that date. We appreciate vendors that do what they say they will do.
3) We received Philip’s name from Around Robbinsville Facebook page, as he had been recommended by other Mercer County residents.
4) Mantle looks beautiful. Tastefully designed and built. Philip was able to correctly match the existing paint color, leading to a seamless installation.
Overall, we are very satisfied with Ridder’s Custom Woodwork and recommend him without hesitation. ”
Joel & Lesley P.
Robbinsville, NJ
“When we started renovating our kitchen, we knew we wanted a custom island and we were convinced we wanted a particular style and size. Philip met with us to review our plan. Based on his experience, he realized that our island design may not be best suited for our new kitchen layout. Instead of pushing us to build something right away he suggested we wait until the renovation was complete. I am so happy we listened to his suggestion and waited! He was right, and we went with something completely different. We couldn’t be happier with the island. It’s the perfect size/style and the quality craftsmanship is meticulous. Philip met with us several times to review the design and make sure we were comfortable with what he was building. He takes such pride in his work and goes above and beyond to make sure the customer is satisfied. It was such a pleasure working with Philip and I would highly recommend him for all of your woodworking needs!”
Jackie G.
Readington, NJ
“Thank you so much Philip for the plaque in memory of our dog, Cocoa. It is way more than I had ever expected. You did an amazing job. Thank you again!”
Lizzie E.
Readington, NJ
“My husband and I contacted Philip to build a mantle fireplace surround to better complement our family room. He came and really took in all the information we gave him as to what we were looking for as well as looking at my room to get a feel of what we wanted. He is a true professional and kept in touch with us weekly sending pictures as the work progressed. He did a fantastic job and was so detail oriented to make sure it fit the space perfectly. We are thrilled with the results as he did a beautiful job of executing what we were looking for and I will not hesitate to contact him for any future projects as he is definitely our go to professional for anything custom and hope to contact him to renovate our kitchen. Philip was an absolute pleasure to do business with and I highly recommend him!!!”
Debbie and Mike.
Clinton, NJ
“I contacted Philip early this summer for a project to build 2 Moroccan seating areas, one for a house in NJ and one for a second home in Florida. This was the first time Philip have tackled such a project. After few iterations back and forth on the design, Philip came up with the layout and the materials needed. Philip’s input and skills were crucial to the success of this project, especially for the furniture for Florida, since we did the measurements over the phone and over pictures. The final product was just right on time and with the budget I have set up from the start. I strongly believe that Philip is a master craftsman and I have no doubt he can tackle any project. I would strongly recommend him to my friends and family.”
Jamal R.
Lambertville, NJ
“We wanted a custom cabinet for our family room. After meeting several people, and receiving several estimates, we chose Philip. Not only were his prices the best, he spent the time with us to really understand what we were looking for, and suggested various options for the space. The cabinet looks beautiful in the space. I highly recommend Philip for your custom wood needs.”
Linda J.
Howell, NJ
“Philip I am so very impressed with the kitchen island you designed and executed uniquely for my kitchen. Your meticulous craftsmanship is remarkable. I get so many compliments on it. I also enjoyed giving the gift of the elegant cheese and hors d’oeuvres board you crafted for me. The detail even in its stand is eye catching as is the wood you chose to use. You are the BEST!!”.
Donna C. Pressma,
LCSW President and C.E.O
Children’s Home Society of New Jersey
“What a talented craftsman Philip Ridder is. He created a gorgeous vanity and medicine cabinet to match my vision and the style of my house. He listened to what I wanted and then took the time to select the appropriate wood, design and build the perfect piece for my bathroom. He’ll do the same for any room in your house. He was very easy to work with and reasonable in price. I’d highly recommend him for any of your wood pieces”.
Beth V
Cranbury, NJ
“When I decided to renovate my master bathroom last year, I contacted Philip about designing and building a vanity. I had searched every store and website imaginable but, was unable to find exactly what I liked. I had a magazine photo of a vanity that came very close to what I was looking for. I met with Philip and we discussed my ideas. He came back with a plan that was perfect. After seeing the final product, I was thrilled. His creativity and craftsmanship are outstanding. I was so happy with my vanity that I asked Philip if he’d be willing to really think outside the box and create a recessed medicine cabinet that didn’t look like a medicine cabinet. I was not disappointed. He came up with a cabinet that has a picture frame door where I can change the print whenever I like. Now my medicine cabinet looks like a framed print but, it hides an ugly medicine cabinet! Philip is a true craftsman”!
Donna D
Readington, NJ
“It’s an absolute pleasure to write this testimonial/referral for Philip Ridder. Not only is he a nice guy but he’s a master cabinet maker. He transformed my blank wall to a functional and beautiful piece of art. The process was simple: tell Phil what you want and he will work with you to draw up plans to get you what you want. He calls to give updates through all the stages and he sends pictures as well of his progress. His attention to details is the key to his success, and your happiness is the key to his satisfaction/sense of accomplishment. I had a great experience with Phil and you will too”.
Somerset , NJ
“When I spoke with Philip about a cabinet that I wanted, he began giving me ideas on size, construction and materials. Once we narrowed it down, he produced a fine work of art. It was a Christmas gift for my wife and it was a hit. It now hangs on our living room wall displaying six Stangl Pottery Irish coffee mugs. It’s quite a display piece. Thank you, Philip, for your skill and timely delivery”.
Jack B
Hamilton , NJ
“I had the honor of working with Philip Ridder when he custom designed a jewelry box for me. He immediately understood exactly what I was looking for and designed a beautiful work of art with intricate carvings and beveled edges, paying special attention to details that made the box that much more special. His work truly reflects professionalism and creative woodworking abilities”.
Jodi H
Princeton Junction , NJ
“Philip Ridder is a fine craftsman and artisan. My wife and I engaged Philip to design and build a large wall unit for the family room in our new home. We had an idea of what we wanted from a previous home and from a photo we saw on the internet. Philip came to our home to discuss the project. We talked a lot and Philip asked smart questions and looked around our home/room to have a strong feel for our needs and style. He made wonderful suggesstions and improvements to the design and did so with zeal and passion. Sometimes, I thought Philip was even more excited about it than we were! The result is a magnificent piece that is such a key part of our home. It is beautiful and functional, and we LOVE it!”
Monroe Township, NJ
“Philip met a UIH Family Partners staff member at a MIDJersey Chamber networking event. Since then, he’s been apart of our extended team. Lending his creative skills and woodworking expertise to build Little Libraries, Philip has helped us enhance our Daddy and Me literacy program. UIH is lucky to have a great supporter in Philip Ridder!”
Karen Andrade-Mims
Executive Director – UIH Family Partners
“My interactions with Mr. Ridder have always been fantastic. His work is amazing. I feel like we have found NJ’s Own Master Woodworking Guru! He completed several projects for us, and he always exceeds our level of expectation. He is a consummate professional and I would gladly recommend him to any business or individual who is looking for superlative work for reasonable prices.”
Carter Patterson
UIH Family Partners
“I am very particular about the furnishings in my home and was looking for someone who could do custom wood cuts for a unique shelving project. I was fortunate to find Ridder’s Custom Woodwork just a few miles away in Flemington. Since my first project, Philip has been my go-to craftsman for creating incredible designs for my home. It has been so convenient having a wood fabricator and engineer to help make my ideas a reality. Once I saw what a capable and imaginative craftsman he was, I asked him to produce a gift for my in-laws who were celebrating a wedding anniversary. The plaque he made was a wonderful commemoration of their anniversary and will be treasured by my in-laws for years to come. Any custom item you may want for your home, or if you are in need of a gift for loved one, Philip can design and create it at a reasonable cost within a speedy time frame. I highly recommend Philip’s services. You will maximize the organizational aspects of your home with beautiful aesthetics. If you can dream it, he can build it!”
Karen S
Flemington , NJ
“If you are in search of a true woodworking artist, you absolutely must talk with Mr. Ridder. I was planning to give my two-year-old twin daughters personalized toy chests for Christmas. But after spending some time communicating about the kind of work and details possible, I quickly realized the toy chests where evolving into future family heirloom hope chests. The final products surpassed my expectations. They are truly spectacular pieces of art, that I know my girls will cherish when they are older. Throughout the process Mr. Ridder kept up great communication with calls, texts, and progress images. When delivery day arrived, I could not wait to welcome him into our home and introduce him to my girls. Thank you so much for your delicate care and phenomenal talent.”
Alessandra B.
Wyckoff, NJ

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