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Project by Popintraining posted 12-16-2007 05:53 PM 3083 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This customer had it all, huge basement, great ideas and money! He told me he has 4,500 square feet of basement and wanted to cover it all with mahogany. I said okay!
We used approximately 25 sheets of ¼” mahogany plywood, 15 sheets ¾” shop birch plywood and 3,500 hundred board feet of mahogany and African sapele to complete this monster. The switch to African sapele was necessary due to unavailability of mahogany at that time. However, if I would have known about the sapele earlier we would have used it throughout! There was very little difference in the grain pattern compared to the mahogany we started the job with, and since it had a dark stain, it was almost impossible to tell the two apart! Only in price!

On a project of this size and difficulty, we found out that it’s easier to work it in phases to avoid headaches and mistakes! They were still there, just not as severe as they could have been.
The bar was the first place we started, because everything tied into the bar somehow. Coffered ceiling, archways and wall paneling were all added after the bar was put into place. This way we could take exact dimensions of what we were working on at the time and disappear to the shop for a couple of days to build it.
The wall paneling and archways went pretty smooth! We milled all the stile, rails, moldings and arches and fitted them on site. It was that pain in the arse coffered ceiling that took its toll on us. My Pop came up with a pretty good system to install coffered ceilings, but this one was just way much! I spent weeks going up and down the ladder, I was worn out!

The theater room is where we made the switch to sapele, can you tell? (He couldn’t). He was to busy thinking about that 10’ wide high definition screen. This thing is awesome!

Overall this job went pretty well. I can probably write a whole series on this project there was so much woodworking. Here are a few more photos from this one. For more of our projects you can visit our blog at
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#1 posted 12-16-2007 06:00 PM

Great job and probably a profitable one as well. I need about three off these. I hope the customer is happy with your work because it is really excellent.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 12-16-2007 06:13 PM

Hole-eee-smokes Pop!!! I must say you do some pretty awesome projects. Of course I would of bought that 10’ Big screen but I don’t have a wall in my house that is long enough!!!:-)

-- Woodworking is Life. Anything before or after is just waiting.--S. McQueen sort of

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#3 posted 12-16-2007 06:14 PM

Stunning work. The ceilings really bring an extra something to the whole area.
I can’t tell the difference at all from these pictures of the two species.

-- Still learning everything

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#4 posted 12-16-2007 06:16 PM

That came out just fantastic. Thanks for the info on the sapele and mahogany…I did not know that.

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

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#5 posted 12-16-2007 06:21 PM

wow ! everytime i look at your projects i get missing atlanta terribly ! i ran a trim business out of buford and worked all the grand country clubs around atlanta . i guess i got spoiled and when i moved here i was so disgusted with the industry here i went back in the autobody trade for three yr.s while i searched out the more upscale work . you do some very fine work my friend i might add ive switched to sapele as well and ive been quite happy with it

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#6 posted 12-16-2007 06:37 PM

Huge project! It certainly came out great.

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#7 posted 12-16-2007 06:45 PM

WOW! Nice work.

-- bryano

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#8 posted 12-16-2007 06:46 PM

Absolutely impressive in both the size of this project, and the quality of the workmanship.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#9 posted 12-16-2007 06:57 PM

Really nice project Pop. Unlike MrTrim, i dont tend to miss Atlanta. I got stuck in a 3 hour traffic jam there yesterday! Grrrrrrrrr

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 12-16-2007 07:08 PM

i was doin such a great job of blockin out the down side too !

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#11 posted 12-17-2007 02:03 AM

Very impressive job, Pop!! Thanks for the tip on sapele!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#12 posted 12-17-2007 02:14 AM

Boy oh boy…....You guys here at LJ never cease to amaze me…..... such nice work..

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#13 posted 12-17-2007 03:36 AM

Wow…that is amazing! You guys do unbelievable work..that is one hell of a project to even take on and you executed it perfectly! 3500 board feet…man!


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#14 posted 12-17-2007 04:59 AM

Great Job. A beautiful design. Did you do the designing also or was that done by an architect?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 12-17-2007 05:56 AM

Wowsers!! What an excellent basement! You’ll get a call from me if I ever hit the lotto!

-- Living on the square...

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