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Project by Popintraining posted 01-19-2008 07:46 AM 4348 views 19 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We just knocked this one out just after Christmas.
Solid Cherry! This job went very smooth except that there wasn’t a square wall in the whole house. The customers were great and the job was right around the corner from the shop. So this made everything okay.
I would have taken more before, during and after photos, but I was pressed for time on this job. I spent too much time fooling around online and not enough time in the shop. However, I did take some pictures of the coffered ceiling and posted some how-to-tips on installing them over at Pops’. I like working with cherry on these projects. It can be a little finicky when it comes to routing edges, but sharp blades and sand paper will take care of that. Right?
Because this room was so out of whack, we could only build the built-ins, desk and tops to completion including the finish in the shop. Everything else including wall panels, coffered ceiling and moldings were all cut a little longer and prefinished in the shop, than cut to fit and assembled on the job. This is one of those jobs where all those years of trim carpentry paid off. I don’t believe there’s a corner in this room that doesn’t have a shim of some sort wedged in it. I told the homeowner not to bring a level anywhere near the room. He said he didn’t own one! We got along great.

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

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Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 01-19-2008 08:29 AM

Very nice, rich room. Excellent professional craftsmanship. Thanks for posting this.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 01-19-2008 09:32 AM

Fantastic job! I love the ceiling.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-19-2008 10:37 AM


-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#4 posted 01-19-2008 12:05 PM

it’s gorgeous!!

Rick’s work just did a $40,000 kitchen all in cherry. The customer had the wood stained in “American Oak” or something… why would you choose cherry but stain it “oak” (Rick says that cherry is the most expensive way to go).

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 01-19-2008 12:32 PM

Now saying that you “knocked this one out after Christmas” is a crime. That room is spectacular. You and Pop do some fantastic work. You guys must be in demand.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 01-19-2008 12:54 PM

The craftmanship of this job is superb. Thanks for sharing this. The post on coffered ceiling was helpful as well. I am going to do a kitchen remodel sometime this year and had been considering something along these lines. This does give me some ideas.

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

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#7 posted 01-19-2008 01:06 PM

Excellent work, as always.

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#8 posted 01-19-2008 02:39 PM

Thanks Pops – I just set up a “reader” and subscribed to your blog – great site!, great tips!, wonderful work!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 01-19-2008 03:46 PM

Great work, as we expect from you.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 01-19-2008 03:55 PM

Beautiful Job. Great work as always.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#11 posted 01-19-2008 04:16 PM

Wow, another awesome project, way to go Pops.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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Mark A. DeCou

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#12 posted 01-19-2008 04:34 PM

you guys are the masters of cabinetry work and trim. This is just amazing work! May you live long and prosper.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#13 posted 01-19-2008 05:10 PM

Thanks, it’s always a pleasure hearing comments like this from the true professionals.

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

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#14 posted 01-19-2008 05:27 PM

One word….masterful!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#15 posted 01-19-2008 05:46 PM

Thanks for your blog posting and as always just beautiful craftmanship…Blkcherry

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