Building Two Baptismal Fonts

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Blog series by CharlesA updated 11-10-2015 03:13 AM 4 parts 9695 reads 18 comments total

Part 1: Design and Modeling

08-25-2015 05:27 PM by CharlesA | 11 comments »

I am in the process of building two baptismal fonts. One for a chapel for the Presbyterian Center in Louisville and one for my local congregation. I’m a theologian by training and a woodworker for fun. I sort of stumbled into these projects. This will be a long process, and I’ll try to keep up some blog entries, but it will a bit irregular. I’m starting with the one for my local congregation. Here is the basic model I am working with: I need to make some chang...

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Part 2: Learning the three-way half lap joint

08-29-2015 01:54 AM by CharlesA | 0 comments »

One of the key design features of this project is the three-way half lap joint, a joint I learned here on Lumberjocks. I’ve been practicing making them on scrap. After making my 120° sled, I started out on my own. I just tried to figure out the cuts on my own. The result wasn’t terrible, but it was clearly not the best method. So I went back to the thread on LJs and found the youtube video that shopbuilt posted, and I learned the trick to doing this much easier, so thanks to...

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Part 3: Finishing all the required models and templates

09-01-2015 02:06 AM by CharlesA | 0 comments »

Because of the unusual nature of the is project, I am spending more time than usual at the beginning with models and templates. It took a few days, but i got the bowl model to the right shape, adding joint compound and sanding it off three times until the shape fit the template. Tonight I began to work on templates for the shelf and the leg. First was to lay out the rounded triangle shelf with a compass, bevel angle, and straight edge. Then I laid out the leg template. In...

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Part 4: Been a while . . . almost done

11-10-2015 03:13 AM by CharlesA | 7 comments »

I got out of my blogging groove on these project. Due mainly to a heavy travel schedule, it’s taken me long time to get them both done. I finished the first one about 4 weeks ago and an have the second just about done. So, instead of a step by step, I’ll post some pictures from the along the way, and then I’ll post them as projects at some point. They are similar designs, as you can clearly see, but with some important differences The first font is QSWO, the bowl ha...

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