This guy told me he wanted to keep the price down and keep it simple!

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Project by Popintraining posted 12-07-2007 03:46 PM 4429 views 4 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

They all tell me that, but this guy is over the edge!
We started this project over a year ago with hopes it would be completed by last spring and at the rate things are going we’ll be lucky if we make this spring! I’m not bitching, it’s work, but it’s time to move on!

We spent the first three months working on just the main level (down stairs is bigger)
Everything is made out of quarter sawn white oak with a lacquer and glaze finish.
(Why glaze over expensive wood?) I don’t know!
The manufacturing of the cabinetry, arches, mantel and all the milling of all the moldings was our first priority.
It’s nice to have all these items in place before we start the paneling.

The paneling was put together using a kreg jig. (I love this tool!)
It pulls all the joints super tight and you can handle the panels immediately. What more can you ask for!
For more on this job you can visit my other site under current projects.

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-- Illegitimis nil carborundum - Don't let the bastards grind you down

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#1 posted 12-07-2007 04:02 PM

Beautiful work!

Is this a house? Looks more like the public library.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 12-07-2007 04:06 PM

It looks great. I’m a fan of the Kreg jig as well. I know David comes on and searches every morning for Kreg…otherwise he has to tap his left foot 6 times before he can take a shower. Thanks for posting this…it’s really very nice.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 12-07-2007 04:20 PM

I don’t tap my foot but I’m a Kreg fan as well and not just the pocket hole parts. This is a great project. Really impressive. I hope you get it done by spring.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 12-07-2007 04:29 PM

Pretty spiffy. Wonder what this would look like if your customer had wanted to go full hog?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Peter Oxley

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#5 posted 12-07-2007 04:30 PM

Wow, beautiful! Very impressive!

It’s amazing how many applications there are for pocket screws! It looks like you are using regular countersink phillips screws in the pocket holes. Does that work okay for you?

I could sure use a client or two with simple projects like this!

-- -- --

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Mark Mazzo

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#6 posted 12-07-2007 04:31 PM


I’m not seeing anything simple in that work. Great job! Terrific application of pocket screws as well.

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#7 posted 12-07-2007 04:54 PM

Holy canoli! THAT is a project. Amazing amount of work involved there, looks phenomenal. I like the Kreg, too, but only use it on casual projects. Not that there is anything wrong with it (there is not) but some of my work demands traditional joinery. I used the pocket hole method recently to build a dozen and a half frames for sound absorption panels in my home theater – it reduced the time demands by probably 70%.

This project of yours – wow.

-- Just another woodworker

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#8 posted 12-07-2007 05:23 PM

Very beautiful, True craftsmanship. I’d like to see it, after the furniture goes in. Are you building that also?
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#9 posted 12-07-2007 05:48 PM

Man that is some beautiful work….. That is a house that anyone would be proud to live in….or even just walk around in….. Beautiful !!

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#10 posted 12-07-2007 06:04 PM

Very impressive!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#11 posted 12-07-2007 06:44 PM

amazing, jaw-dropping gorgeous.
Yes, I can see the “simple” in it.. ah… somewhere.. I know it’s there…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 12-07-2007 07:04 PM

WOW!! It looks like an old Spanish Home of some wealthy count. Great job and very inspiring.

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#13 posted 12-07-2007 07:22 PM

Love it…. Nothing simple or low cost about that! I want to do my office over with panels on the walls.

Tom you better tell David to watch out with the foot tapping…that kinda thing could get you into trouble in a rest stop mens room.


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#14 posted 12-07-2007 09:20 PM

Time cosuming but beautiful. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 12-08-2007 12:40 AM

I’ve only been using a kreg jig for about three years now and life is so much easier with it, even when we run out of the kreg screws and have to use regular ones. (They work okay)

We use it for everything we can. Time is usually of the essence with most of our projects and the kreg jig gives us that little extra, so we’re not always waiting on glue to dry before we can go onto the next step.

The butt joints in this picture are all held together by pocket screws

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-- Illegitimis nil carborundum - Don't let the bastards grind you down

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