who i am, what i do...


"You build like a girl." Yes I do. Thank you very much.


My name is Monica. I'm a native Angeleno (Go Dodgers!) and a Union Stagehand by trade (proud member of the IATSE Local 33). I've gained a lot of knowledge working in scenery shops around Los Angeles, building sets for tv and gameshows. One day while looking at pretty simple furniture that was ridiculously expensive, I had a thought...can I take what I've learned and use it in the real world? The answer was, "hell yes!" I started with a very simple unit to put the tv on, and house the cable box and electronics. Next up was a storage cabinet for our bathroom, custom fit for a weird and otherwise useless space next to the bathtub. Then I built our dining room table, then Adirondack chairs for the backyard, and...you get the idea. Friends and family started to show interest in what I was building, so I took the leap, and my company was born: You Build Like A Girl - a female owned and operated carpentry shop, right here in LA. I build custom pieces specifically for your needs. Do you have a weird space in your house that "just needs something there"? I can build that. Backyard need lounge chairs? Shadow box for your collectibles? Chess board? Bar cart? I can build those, too!


I love wood grain, completely geek out about it. I take great pains in picking out pretty lumber. I make durable, useful, affordable pieces. Take a look around at some of the things I've done. If you see something you like, or if you want to discuss a custom piece, Email me, like me on Facebook, or follow me on Instagram at girl.carpenter23.