Cherry Basement Theater

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Project by DovetailNJ posted 2324 days ago 2624 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I first met this customer they had a high end (& priced!) designer in the mix.
It’s been my experience that every designer has “their guy” for the project and pushes hard for the client to use him. I wasn’t in the pole position.
In order to counter that deficit I spent hours doing design work and paid a draftsman (woman) more than $600.00 to produce scaled 24×36 CAD prints.
I arrived with prints, 3-D renderings, molding samples, color samples, photos, referrals etc.
Half way through my presentation the designer threw up his hands and said “This is your man, my guy’s not going to be able to compete with this!”
When we finished the theater the customer contracted us to do the rest of the basement.
It includes a theater lobby w/candy counter, octagonal poker room , movie poster gallery hallway, wine cellar and bar.
The designer got fired and we had complete control of the project.
In the end we spent almost two years on the basement.


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#1 posted 2324 days ago

All I can say is Wow, Your customer should be very happy with this project.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#2 posted 2324 days ago

You have my respect. How much was spent in total? This must have cost more than most houses. What great work.

-- making sawdust....

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#3 posted 2324 days ago

I am amazed at all the great projects that are shown on lumberjocks. This is just another example of some excellent craftmanship. I am soo impressed.

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 2324 days ago

I just wish I knew where to start on this one. It is beautiful seems somewhat insufficient for this project. But, as I am at a loss for words, (which is completely out of character for me) that is enough said.

I would be interested in knowing how you finished this project.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 2324 days ago

Wow. That’s pretty amazing. I would love to see other pictures of this basement.

-- Brian (Woodworking n00b)

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#6 posted 2324 days ago

Unbelievably!!! Breathe taking! I’ve got a lot to learn.
Thank you very much for joining and sharing your work

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Douglas Krueger

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#7 posted 2324 days ago

I always sign my work and if this had been my project, my name would be plastered everywhere; your workmanship and skills are to be lauded. With a project of this length and magnitude one leaves a piece of their soul dovetailed into it as I imagine you have.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#8 posted 2323 days ago

Stunned… Well done!!!

-- Thank God for sawdust... Ron. New TX resident...

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Les Hastings

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#9 posted 2323 days ago

Excellent work!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#10 posted 2323 days ago

Brilliant work Dovetail.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 2323 days ago

Equisite design and craftsmanship. You are a true master of your craft. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 2323 days ago

WOW!!! I’m…....... (speechless)

-- Learn something everyday!

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#13 posted 2323 days ago

Picture perfect! God I love cherry…What a fantastic job.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#14 posted 2323 days ago

“2 years on a basement”.. just doesn’t sound right lol
but wow – this more than looks “right”. It is stunning

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 2323 days ago

To echo the words of others: WOW! Somehow that does not seem like enough though.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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