Prayer kneeler a gift for my Mother in Law

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Project by James Frederick posted 02-25-2018 03:06 PM 3465 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been asked in the past to build one of these prie dieu, or kneeler to me. Some reason it has never gotten in the rotation of projects. This year I decided to build it for my mother in laws birthday.

Every Sunday I would measure rather by shoe method, or hand measure lengths and heights etc. seems to have turned out well. As the plan progressed I included a storage compartment under the top for rosaries, books etc. it has its challenges finishing it on the most humid week ends, weather not cooperating, and not enough clamps every woodworkers complaint.

It’s made of solid Red Oak, with tiger maple inserts in the sides and on the top. The kneeling pad rotates on two 3/8 nylon spacers from Home Depot $1.29.

I am proud of this one and have learned some lessons from it, that will make the next one even nicer.

-- No matter where you go, there ya are!l

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#1 posted 02-25-2018 03:39 PM

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#2 posted 02-25-2018 04:43 PM

That looks great….Very nice !!!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 02-25-2018 10:32 PM

Nice work, James! Welcome to the Prie Dieu club. I like your cross detail, and your upholstery work is stellar! Keep it up!

You wrote … ”Every Sunday I would measure rather by shoe method, or hand measure lengths and heights etc.” When I need measurements I snap a photo of the recipient in a kneeling position and then use proportional dividers to get the correct dimensions. The Rector caught me doing this once and asked me if I was a prayer voyeur … LOL!

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#4 posted 02-25-2018 10:45 PM

Thank you for the comments, my Mother in Law loved it very much. I enjoy creating things that others will use, a price of is with them always.

-- No matter where you go, there ya are!l

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#5 posted 02-26-2018 01:12 AM

Very Nice! & Well done James. I’m sure She’ll Love It!!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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