Two Nativity Cribs

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-07-2014 05:58 PM 2608 views 5 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thursday my sister called and asked if I had any OLD wood. She asked if I could make a crib for her Nativity set because her cat had collapsed her old one. I said sure and whipped out the one in the last picture out of rough sawn cedar to the dimensions she gave me. Then she called Friday and said don’t forget to put a nail on the point for me to hang the angel on. I said it’s done and…..... What Point?? Then we talked about detailed design and I whipped up the one in the first picture. It is 8 1/2” x 14” X11” high and has a nail on the point!!

It has a frame made from rough sawn cedar – all cut on the band saw. It is mostly glued and nailed together with dowels holding the ridge pole in place. Then I had to find some “OLD” wood to cover it with.The only thing was a white birch branch that I had in the back of the barn for 5-6 years. I sliced it in half, jointed the surface and cut 3/16” slices on the band saw for siding and roofing- trying to make it rough looking in the process.

It has no finish on it so it can weather. I hope she likes it. I think it will hold a 20# cat!!!

Merry Christmas, Jim

And here is the crib populated with my sisters statues:

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 12-07-2014 06:19 PM

Nice one Jim. I am sure your sister is tickled with it!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 12-07-2014 06:41 PM

Very GOOD, Jim!

I can tell… you really had FUN with those…

Very nice rugged look, etc. ...

Kinda like grabbing a piece of firewood, cutting it up and making something out of it… FUN!!

I think BOTH of them are COOL… and your sister would like both of them…!!

Nice going! You did GOOD! :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 12-07-2014 06:48 PM

That looks great Jim!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 12-07-2014 07:11 PM

Boy, your Sister knows who the “Go to guy” is Jim, looks the real deal with that authentic rustic look of a humble stable
well done Buddy

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 12-07-2014 08:14 PM

great looking

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#6 posted 12-07-2014 08:17 PM

Nice job Jim.
Very artistic and well made.
I see many happy years with those.

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#7 posted 12-07-2014 08:52 PM

That looks real nice, definitely something to stay in the family for a long time!

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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#8 posted 12-07-2014 09:17 PM

its always a pleasure to help your family when asked, you did a great job dad, and you could not have done better for this time of year, to me christmas is about Christ and do for others, as Christ would have us do, i really like what you did here, ive thought of doing a manger scene…i think i better do one and stop procrastinating…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 12-07-2014 09:26 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I will be taking it to her in Illinois on Wednesday and take a picture of it with her figures in it. Maybe the cat will get in the photo too!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 12-07-2014 10:15 PM

They look great!! You are a good brother!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#11 posted 12-07-2014 10:43 PM

Very nice rustic looking Jim with the old cedar. Our dog killed ours years ago but the one I made looked too much like a birdhouse so we didn’t use it. Super the way you cut the curvy shingles.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 12-07-2014 11:25 PM

What a gr8 way to use up some cut-offs and leftovers.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#13 posted 12-07-2014 11:41 PM

Where did you get the plan from Jim .LOL
Great looking manger almost exactly like the original .
Love the lumber and how you used it giving it that rustic look .


-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 12-08-2014 12:50 AM

That looks great. I made one too this year. Didn’t quite go to as much work, but I will post it in a little bit. Your sister is going to love it.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#15 posted 12-08-2014 01:00 AM

Great job on this project, I really like it.

-- "The Cedar King"

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