Howdy! Long time no see!
Well, school has started back today, and the ceiling project that I started over Christmas Break is...not nearly complete...so the bus is a total wreck inside and I barely have room to live. GRRRRR!!!!
I'm going with my original idea of putting wood panels on the ceiling in the forward part of the bus. I'm using 1/8" doorskin plywood for the panels, and it will be separated/divided/held in place by some 2"x1/4" strips of "molding" that I ripped from some two-by material.
The doorskins have a really thin (1/32") luan mahogany (looks like it to me) ply on their good face, a 1/16" middle ply, and a 1/32" back ply. Only three plies in all. I have given them a "pickled oak" whitewash treatment that I will end up covering with a coat or two of satin polyurethane. The trim molding will be stained to a dark mahogany color, so the ceiling will be (kind of) black and white (but not exactly). The color choices may not work well...in which case, I can PAINT it.
Other than that, not much work done lately. Too much school last semester, and I'm taking one more class this semester (7 classes, 19 hours total), so it's going to be a busy one. I'll try to get the ceiling done this week so that I can post some pictures to the gallery (and so that I can get all my stuff put away!)