Meet the Weekend Workbench Experts


Michael Goldstein

Ryan has had a lot of help on his way to becoming a do-it-yourself dynamo. Please check out our experts when you need a hand with your next project.


Michael Goldstein – Mensch with a Wrench

Michael Goldstein – Handyman
Mensch with a Wrench

Michael Goldstein is one of the highest rated handymen on Yelp. Known as the Mensch with a Wrench (no joke!) he really is a Mensch and he does own a wrench; so you know he’s honest. You can find Michael traversing the city – Northside to South Loop – working in homes doing projects for high-rise urban dwellers, families and everyone in between. Michael helps Ryan with projects ranging from installing a ceiling fan to tiling a kitchen back splash.


Sean Buino – Dad’s Handyman Service

Sean Buino – Handyman
Dad’s Handyman Service

Sean Buino is the owner of Dad’s Handyman Service based out of Klein True Value Hardware on Southport, right next door to the Music Box Theatre in Lakeview. Sean was born above (and grew up in) the family owned hardware store and started his first handyman service at 16 years old. Sean is proud of the fact that his team earned two Angie’s List Super Service Awards in 2012.  When he’s not helping people with their home projects, find him hanging out with his family on Southport.

Blake Sloane

Blake Sloane – Rebuilding Exchange

Blake Sloane – Rx Production Manager
Rebuilding Exchange
1740 W. Webster Ave. Chicago

Blake Sloane runs the workshop at Rebuilding Exchange and is in charge of production of the entire Rx Made line. He does a lot of interesting woodwork on the side and was recently named one of “10 Furniture Maker’s Keeping Woodworking Alive” by Re-Nest.


Alex Enarson – Rebuilding Exchange

Alex Enarson – Rx Assistant Manager
Rebuilding Exchange
1740 W. Webster Ave. Chicago

Alex Enarson is assistant manager at Rebuilding Exchange. He’s a wood lover, a wood enthusiast and a wood expert. If you swing by Rx you may find Alex wielding a chainsaw in the parking lot or pulling nails in the warehouse. If you ask him for help with your project, he’ll put the chainsaw down and see what he can do.

Michael Pendleton

Michael Pendleton – MP Custom Made

Michael Pendleton – Co-Owner
MP Custom Made

Michael Pendleton’s shop is located in Bridgeport. While MP Custom Made primarily makes furniture, they also make a whole bunch of amazingly cool stuff; mostly out of reclaimed materials.  Michael has degrees in Visual Arts and Operations, and also has a background in Theatre.

Kaisa Dille

Kaisa Dille – k. dille designs

Kaisa Dille – Owner
k. dille designs

At k. dille designs, Kaisa Dille creates original pieces for homes and patios. She began as a landscape designer that needed a planter box one day. So she made it; sawing the pieces on her grandmother’s coffee table with a handsaw. Now Kaisa has her own company specializing in both landscape design and garden wood designs.

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