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"Make my above ground pool look like it's in ground..." Says the customer...

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Project by BGW posted 08-12-2014 03:18 PM 3822 views 6 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, printed on the back of my company shirts is this phrase:

“It’s not impossible, it’ll just cost you more.”

This phrase is a nice way to break the financial ice when a customer comes to me with a project like the one we just finished. He wanted an in ground pool, but the water table in his yard was simply to high, so he asked if I could make his “crappy above ground pool look in-ground…” I turned around and let him read the back of my shirt. This made him smile, and thus began the negotiating dance that many of us dread.

We are artists, after all…we love doing jobs like this – something that few people have ever seen, a curved wooden deck around an above ground pool complete with a covered porch dressed up with knotty pine and cedar beams that create a common truss. I wanted this gig, and would have done it for very little just to have it in my portfolio, but I held my cards tightly to my vest, and ultimately we agreed upon a cost that I could stomach, and he could afford.

This took 4 weeks, and we had great weather. It’s almost 1,400 square feet -it took some prayers and cost me some hairs. This job was personal…I wanted my hands on almost every cut, and I wanted it to sing when finished. I am very proud of how it turned out, and my customer – someone who has become a friend through this process – is extremely happy and proud as well.

Thanks for looking…

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin http://www.bgwconstructionllc.com/





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Mr M's Woodshop

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#1 posted 08-12-2014 03:25 PM

Lovely project; I understand why you wanted to build it!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com

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Lanaug

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#2 posted 08-12-2014 03:52 PM

that is a great deck and nice job on the whole build. That is a great slogan as well.

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BTimmons

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#3 posted 08-12-2014 04:22 PM

Very impressive, to say the least.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 08-12-2014 05:10 PM

Outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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BustedClock

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#5 posted 08-12-2014 05:51 PM

Well, this is one occasion when the phrase, “Mission Accomplished,” has true meaning! Very nicely done.

-- Hey, I'm usually right twice a day! Except where they use 24 hour clocks.

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Craig Havran

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#6 posted 08-12-2014 06:10 PM

Nice!

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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InsideTheBox

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#7 posted 08-12-2014 06:20 PM

wow… that is beautiful. LOVE the slogan!

Coming from the dry, drought-stricken central coast of California, what does that mean—“the water table was too high”? I feel guilty even refilling our bird bath right now.

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#8 posted 08-12-2014 06:20 PM

Very kewl, great design and functionality I would have fought for this project too looks like it was a blast

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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TxMoose

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#9 posted 08-12-2014 06:25 PM

That is dang nice looking.
I just hope they don’t have to replace the liner any time soon.

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#10 posted 08-12-2014 06:38 PM

looks great!

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#11 posted 08-12-2014 07:41 PM

Wonderful. You can be rightly proud of this work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Richard

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#12 posted 08-12-2014 08:31 PM



wow… that is beautiful. LOVE the slogan!

Coming from the dry, drought-stricken central coast of California, what does that mean—“the water table was too high”? I feel guilty even refilling our bird bath right now.

- InsideTheBox

That means that you only have to dig a few feet to hit water instead of haveing to Drill deep enough to get water. With a very high water table you can’t put the pool in the ground because it will basicly Float out of the ground.

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BGW

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#13 posted 08-12-2014 09:06 PM



That is dang nice looking.
I just hope they don t have to replace the liner any time soon.

- TxMoose

Moose,

I have a good relationship with the pool company that did the pool and I consulted with them before coming up with a final design. If this is something you want specifics on, IM me and I can fill you in with the boring details. ;-)

Thanks for the comments everyone. I love lumberjocks, and it’s always nice when fellow woodworkers (who know about such things) are impressed with my work. God bless all…

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin http://www.bgwconstructionllc.com/

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danoaz

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#14 posted 08-12-2014 09:26 PM

So the wood is….?

And the finish to protect it is….?

And the tools you used were…?

Ok, the last one was a joke, but the first two were knot.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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robscastle

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#15 posted 08-12-2014 09:36 PM

looks like a dip was in order after all that work!

-- Regards Robert

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