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This was a project that was a wild ride to say the least. The owner already had a show booked before we started. Long days commenced right away. I didn't see my kids awake for almost 2 months. I think during that two months the owner hired and fired five guys that were supposed to be there to help me. The owner also was there working right along side of us. The last two weeks before the concert I worked over 110 hrs each week. I slept on site a few nights because there was no way I could drive home and stay awake. Never want to do that again!

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It is a project that Thousands of people are going to see. Today you can look back and say I did that .
Nice job .
 

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"All the world's a stage…" But in all the world, there isn't another like yours!!
Excellent Work, Gary!!
 

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GORGEOUS WORK!!! It's always a pleasure to see such finely wrought woodwork. Bravo!

always,
J.C.
 

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Yup, don't think I'll be doing this for a weekend project. Incredible.
 

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well done. now back to the kids.
 

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You have great skill and dedication to work so long and hard on this and sacrifice time with your loved ones.
Take solace in the fact thousands will enjoy the beauty of your theatre, it is absolutely stunningly gorgeous!
I always thought it would be cool to walk into a place and say "I made that"
 

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WHOA O_O
 

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That is a masterpiece, a legacy to your children. Just think, your grandchildren will bring their grandchildren into that space and say "Grampa built this".
 

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Beautiful job. Mastery at it's finest. Bravo!
 

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Thanks for all the wonderful comments. Hopefully this theater will be around long enough for my grandkids to see it. The owner said its barely paying for itself. These economic times are tough on all of us.
Thanks again!
 

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Beautiful job! Outstanding! Where is the theatre located? I'm sure that there are a bunch of LJ's that would like to see the stage plus enjoy a show.
Edit with a question: How did you bend the boards for the stage front?
 

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A project is a task that takes a few days at home in your spare time. This, my friend, is a masterpiece!

I would have a hard time going to a concert and paying attention, I would be too busy looking around. I would likely get thrown out after spending the first act slowly walking around the perimeter of the theater with a nice bright flashlight (probably my 3-cell MagLite LED) admiring all of the paneling. Then during the second act, after I convinced the ushers that I would sit nicely in my seat (which of course would be a fib.) I would quietly go take a look at the stage; inspecting the amazing curved detail work and the beautiful flooring. At this point the ushers would be running after me with their own flashlights (which are far less powerful than mine.) waving in the air…and they thought I would be a nuisance!

It would be worth it though just to see this room in action.

Great job!

Greg
 

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Knothead62…The theater is located in Lexington, MI. If you google LEXMTC you can find it. As far as the curves, believe it or not they are 3/4" plywood. I cut kerfs on the back approx. 3/4's of the way through approx every 3/4". It took most of one day just to prep those pcs. The upper percussion stage had a tighter radius. If memery serves I wet those down to prevent the veneer from splitting. All the trim was submerged in a homemade troff overnight. This worked well, not quite as nice as steaming, but worked. Only problem was some shrinkage at a few lap loints. Wood filler can be a friend sometimes. The substrate for the curves was three layers of 1/4" ply with lots of construction adhesive.

ghazard…LOL…I do that exact same thing when I go into places! Drives my wife nuts when I point out flaws in construction techniques. She calls me anal..go figure.
 

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That sound you can't hear is my jaw hitting the floor. I'm stunned.
 

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Absolutely Fantastic!

(and you even tune the piano !)
 

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Don..The piano tuner was ready to kill us. We had work to get finished and his tuning equipment was very sensitive. He needed absolute silence. Haha..so sad to be him. It took him almost 1 1/2 hrs to get it finished. I guess it normally takes 20 minutes or so. I think he finally left out of frustration. The first concert was that evening and we had a million odds and ends to finish.
 

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Well done, Gary. Now take a well deserved nap!

Thanks for posting.

L/W
 
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