Away in a Manger

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Project by Sam12 posted 12-18-2017 05:21 AM 1043 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Fellow Lumberjocks!

I love nativity scenes. Every time I see a new wood project that involves a nativity scene, I immediately want to try my hand at building it. I think my love of nativity scenes stems from a Christmas present. Years ago my Daddy made a manger for my Grandma’s nativity. He made it from pine boards that he dimensioned with an old table saw and band saw then lovingly stained to make look old. At the time he was working more hours than there are in a day; so, I can’t imagine how he found the time. Despite the long hours, he still managed to get it done and give it to my Grandma to display her ceramic figurines. I can still see it in my head, displayed proudly on her stereo in the living room. My grandma has been gone for many years now, but, I did inherit that beautiful manger and the ceramic figures that go with it.

My nativity scene serviette (napkin holder) was created using a pattern by Sue Mey

I used 1/4” baltic birch for the nativity scene and 1/2” baltic birch for the base. I cut the scene using my favorite tool, a 21” Excalibur scroll saw. It took patience and a couple of hours but I smiled the whole time! I wanted a simple finish, so I painted the stars with a little glitter then used spray Polycryllic as a topcoat. The base is finished with Rustoleum paint.
Thanks for looking!

Happy Holidays,

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#1 posted 12-18-2017 05:08 PM

Yours is really nice. I really feel the same about Nativities. I did Sue Mey’s “O Holy Night” Nativity this year. I was a fine one.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 12-19-2017 11:02 PM

Thank you! I looked at your “O Holy Night” Project. You did a great job! Thanks for the inspiration, I think I’ll try that next.
Merry Christmas!!

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