Small Projects #40: Easter Shrine

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Blog entry by Madmark2 posted 02-28-2021 03:31 AM 707 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Friend of SWMBO is nice older lady who is quite devout. Thought this would make a nice gift for Easter.

Bought a nice 9” tall statue of Jesus and wanted to put it in a fancy box suitable for table display. I just got the Fast-Joint Mini set up and dialed in. This was going to be a test of the jig.

9” H x 3” W x 2” D statuette with customized engraved plate.

Easter colors are purple and yellow and it just so happens I just got some yellow heart and I inventory purpleheart and I think the colors will make a cool complementary pair.

There are two templates that seem appropriate for a shrine. The HEART and CROWN patterns seem ideal. Since end grain shows and is inevitably darker, I decided to use the purpleheart on the top & bottom and the yellow heart on the sides. Since I’m part Scottish (cheap) I wanted to maximize the yield on the yellow heart.

Heart sample

Crown sample

Material Prep:

Measuring carefully shows my S2S yellow heart was 15/16” thick. With the thin kerf blade I can get two, 3/8” thick pieces out of that with a hair left over to plane.

I started with two, 1’ lengths. One yellow heart and one purpleheart. The pieces were ripped to 3-5/8” to both fit the statuette and to give me three decorative tails on the Fast-Joint Mini.

S2S 1×6

After trim & ripping to width I resawed the yellow heart at 13/32”. The pieces were resawn in from both edges with nary a step.

(As an aside, that resaw was done with a Freud LU83 combo blade. Pretty clean for a $60 blade.)

End view showing clean, even resaw on TS.

A couple of light planer passes got them to 3/8”.

The purpleheart was resawn to 3/4” and required no planing or sanding at all.

Material ready for routing.


The plan is to put both CROWN and HEART pins on each side. This entails cutting one end of all four sides in each pattern. Marking one edge of each side helps keep everything oriented.

HEART pins routed, moving on to tails.

About half the pieces just drop in after sanding the router burrs off with 240 on the ROS.

Hearts and Crowns on one side.

Crowns and Hearts on the other.

It took a little flip flopping to get the best fit. Once tight the outside was sanded. Due to the nature of the jig the tails are hair proud and the were sanded flat.

I have lots of thin (1/8” – 1/4”) slabs left over from resawing. This is due to a couple factors. My supplier ships 1x S2S that is fat at 15/16”. This plus the 3/32” thin kerf blade leaves usable 1/8” slabs. I used a purpleheart piece for the back to match the top and bottom. Here it is under clamps

Waiting for glue to set.

When I placed the statuette in initially there was a bit too much headroom. So I decided to add a subbase to the base of the statuette. I had a nice scrap of zebrawood that I cut 1” under the interior width and 1/2” under the depth. The block was centered from the front but pushed flush with the back of the case.

Due to the nature of the object a durable finish is called for. My standard finishing schedule is two coats of 50%-50% mineral spirits followed by a third, full strength coat.

Here you can see how the poly darkens the purpleheart while bringing up the yellow heart grain.

The grain in the yellow heart just pops.

Here it is after the first coat is complete.


Here we are with the completed shrine. Stamped and dated on the bottom with felt feet on each corner. The statuette is glued down and ready to go. I think its ready to gift.

Happy Easter one and all!

  • Statuette—$40
  • 1/2 bf yellow heart—$9
  • 1/2 bf purpleheart—$8
  • 1/12 bf zebrawood—$2
  • Shop fee:—$5 (finish, brush, glue, sandpaper, etc.)

Matls Total: $64

Labor: 4hrs @ $20hr = $80


9 Mar 21—delivered:

She was delighted!

Looks nice on the bedside table.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#1 posted 03-01-2021 06:19 PM

I never knew until I read this that I am part Scottish

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#2 posted 03-03-2021 11:55 AM

Happy Easter to all

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