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    Extreme Makeover: Church Edition

    So last Monday, the youth minister at my church called me up in a panic because they were remodeling the youth room and the guy they had lined up to do it had cancelled. After trying to explain to him that it wasn't my normal kind of project I relented to his begging and agreed to finish the job for him. The basic project was to cover the walls with barn wood, build some tables, a cabinet to store Bibles, and a surround for a sound booth. The only real problem was navigating the normal church committee approval process that you run into doing a church project. Everybody wants to steer, anybody can hit the brakes, and there's only one gas pedal. Anyway, after getting all my plans in order and tracking down a suitable lumber source I started with framing the walls.
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    It took way longer than it should have due to dodging the sound guys (who took WAY longer than they should have) that were getting everything wired up for all the audio visual stuff. Luckily I had a friend who is a pretty skilled carpenter who was a available to come in and help. And we got a move on once the sound guys were out of the way.

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    Once I got my buddy started on the walls, I moved on to building the more furniture like stuff.
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    It would have been easier to just apply OSB to the walls and nail to that, but they wanted more depth and they wanted to run strip lights at the top of the wall, so that's why we framed it out from the wall. These pics are some volunteers installing the lights, cause I don't do that stuff cause it's not wood.

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    And here's some pics of the finished projects. The tables fold down from the walls when they need more space. That was bit of an engineering problem itself, but I figured it out after a bit of head scratching. I"ll post pics of that later after I take some detail shots. These pics are with my phone after church today.
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    Mark


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    Re: Extreme Makeover: Church Edition

    Looks like a job well done!

    There's a restaurant here with those same stools.

    I'll say you did the right thing letting someone else worry about the lighting!
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    Re: Extreme Makeover: Church Edition

    Working for a church is always tough. I know, I was a pastor for a bunch of years. During those years I was also the maintenance guy due to my background.


    You did a great job though. Candy is coming your way.
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    he who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman;
    he who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.

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    Re: Extreme Makeover: Church Edition

    Maybe you'll win over some kids who want to learn woodworking.
    Since they pretty much gave up shop classes in the schools, you might
    get one who is really interested in learning more about it.

    Great work.
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    Re: Extreme Makeover: Church Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by Herb G View Post
    Maybe you'll win over some kids who want to learn woodworking.
    Since they pretty much gave up shop classes in the schools, you might
    get one who is really interested in learning more about it.

    Great work.
    I actually have a history of grabbing guys out of the youth group (I was a small group leader for 7 years) and training them as shop helpers. I've got a kid I still call when I need help. He's a sophomore in college now and has been helping me since the summer before his sophomore year in high school. He's trained on all the tools and does a really good job. Our high school still has a shop program. The shop teacher is also a youth sponsor and a good friend of mine. He digs for pointers a lot.

    Overall, I'm proud of the project even though it's not exactly my normal thing. Thanks all for the compliments.
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    Re: Extreme Makeover: Church Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by art3427 View Post
    Working for a church is always tough. I know, I was a pastor for a bunch of years. During those years I was also the maintenance guy due to my background.


    You did a great job though. Candy is coming your way.
    AMEN! The worst part was when they left both the decisions and the work to me, but then complained when it wasn't done the way they wanted... which they hadn't expressed at all.

    Ditto on the great job!
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