Church Clock Project #5: It'll Be Ready For Service By Sunday

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Blog entry by William posted 02-24-2011 06:17 AM 1540 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First things first today, I had to finish cutting the lower side gable trim.

Here’s a view of the side gable trim pieces in place.

Here’s the front side gable trim. Also, this is where my day started getting uh, umm, interesting. I think that’s a good description of it.
I cut these two pieces, but for some reason they were too short. It took a lot of head scratching for me to figure out how and why. When I done the roof, I didn’t follow the plans. Since I had built this before and already knew how the roof was supposed to be, and I had changed the center trim section of the roof, I had just laid it out with a straight edge and a tape measure. Well it turns out I made the roof with about a half inch more overhang than the plans call for. So, I had to redraw the patterns a little bit and recut these gable trim pieces.

Then I cut the front gable trim. One of these goes on a gable above the front door and the other on a gable above the clock. OH! Wait. My clock hasn’t arrived yet. I ordered it and according to the tracking information from UPS, it’s supposed to be here tomorrow. I can’t put these on until after the clock is installed. So, these got set aside for now. Yea. I’m batting a thousand now. Maybe the UPS guy will make a stop here tomorrow and make my day. All I was able to do today concerning the UPS guy was watch him drive by my house as I was fixing my coffee.

Let me explain this photo.
When I built this project before, there was one thing about it that bugged me to no end. I didn’t like the steeple according to the pattern and I didn’t get a chance to change it before it was gone. To me, the steeple according to the pattern doesn’t look like a steeple at all. It is short and squat. It looks like someone picked up a pyramid out of Egypt and dropped it on top of a church. I wanted a steeple that looks to me, well, like a steeple.
The original one is five and a quarter inches tall. I wanted to double that and make it ten and a half inches tall. So I set out to do that. It shouldn’t be no problem, a couple of compound angles, some planning. I got a good table saw and a decent tapering jig. No problem.
Uh. Houston, we have a problem.
I learned a lesson today. I learned that there is no such thing as a couple of SIMPLE compound angles, especially not at this scale. What I wound up making on my table saw with my tapering jig was some fancy looking triangles, but none of them fit together correctly to do what I needed to do with them.
What this photo shows is the beginning of my plan B, or C. I can’t remember.
I decided to glue up material for a solid steeple. After it dries, I marked and cut the angles on my band saw. Then I used the twelve inch disk sander on the Shopsmith to clean up the sides.
I wanted to make sure that the three pieces I was gluing up were solid with no voids. So I used plenty of glue. I started doing this on my table. It quickly started getting messy. So, as you can see in the photo, I wound up moving the entire operation over my trash can.

So here is the mahogany part of my steeple.

And here’s the steeple with the corner trim and the weathervain that sits on top of it. You may notice the rubber bands holding the trim pieces in place while the glue dries. I’ll get them off in the morning. Also, since I changed the height of the steeple, I also had to change the length of the corner trim pieces.

And so here is what I got done today. I still have a bit to go before I’m finished completely, but I couldn’t wait. My son got me some batteries tonight so I could put in the light. I just had to see what it looked like in the dark with the light on in it. So, the following are simply, uh, uh, uhhhhh, show off photos.

Side windows.

front door.

And you can see the pews and pulpit through the front window.
Till next time, good night all.


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#1 posted 02-24-2011 06:22 AM


-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 02-24-2011 06:38 AM

Dude if I would quit buggin you, you could blog a little faster. Sounds like you need tight-bond IV the quick drying version. ;) I see that speed square on the bench. You been sipherin and figurin again. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Its looking great. I got to stop with the jokes cause they do get worse.

At least the roof is on you know rain is coming tomorrow.

I do like the light, it makes the scroll work POP!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 02-24-2011 07:20 AM

I just picked up on this blog…great work. You are on my watch list. Keep going.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#4 posted 02-24-2011 09:15 AM

soooooo pretty
I love it.

-- Theresa,

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#5 posted 02-24-2011 01:10 PM

It is really beautiful, William. I like the tall steeple too. I can’t imagine it with a shorter one. It is worth the extra work!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 02-24-2011 01:30 PM

Hi William;

I get it;

Here’s the church,
Here’s the steeple,
Open the door,

Hey, where’s all the people?

Great job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 02-24-2011 02:44 PM

Oh my Lord in Heaven….........I didn’t think it was possible to put that much detail in that small of a window or door. Great job!

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#8 posted 02-24-2011 04:33 PM

This is turning out great! I’m looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 02-24-2011 04:35 PM

I just checked out the original plans from the link in your first post on this series. Your steeple change is a big improvement!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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