Prayer Kneeler (Prie Dieu)

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Project by MartenDesigns posted 09-04-2010 11:20 PM 58950 views 18 times favorited 56 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a prayer kneeler or prie dieu. It is made out of solid white oak finished with a Watco Natural oil/varnish. I made the knee pad by wrapping upholstry grade fabric around 3” of firm foam pads and stapling to the bottom of a piece of plywood. I used cabinet bolts and threaded inserts to attached the knee pad assembly to the kneeler board. I used a bandsaw to cut out the rought shape of the appliques and then hand carved and sanded to give a handmade look. This is the first project where I used Sketchup to help me make templates and figure out dimensions for scale and to locate the pivot point of the kneeler section. Although this was a somewhat simple project, I was really happy with the fit and finish I acheived. It is truly an heirloom that will be passed down for many generations.

-- Chris

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#1 posted 09-05-2010 01:02 AM

I like it , my next door neighbor is a minister. would you mind e mailing me the sketch-up plans? I think this would be a great gift for me to make him. Any help would be great. Thanks, [email protected]

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 09-05-2010 06:26 AM

Excellent job. Good craftsmanship. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 09-05-2010 11:04 AM

Being Catholic this looks all too familiar, LOL. Great job, haven’t seen none better.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 09-06-2010 01:28 AM


Thank-you for taking the time to share this. People like yourself show why Lumberjocks is so great! Hope I can return the favor. Thank again for the plans. Hope to find time very soon. I think he would love it!

Thx Again

Ken Lakits

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 10-25-2010 11:14 PM

This is beautiful, great work! I’ve been wanting to make one for the wifey, is it possible to get a copy of the sketchup as well or even some demensions? Many thanks…[email protected]

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#6 posted 01-22-2011 05:45 PM

This is almost exactly the design I’ve had in mine for one I plan to start building soon! Is there any way you could share your SketchUp template?


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#7 posted 03-14-2011 01:50 AM

My wife and I have been looking around for a prayer kneeler. This is really beautiful. Is it possible to get a copy of the sketchup template or dimensions.

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#8 posted 05-24-2011 04:39 PM

This is gorgeous. Are you willing to share your plans? Your craftsmanship is beautiful. [email protected] Thanks.

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#9 posted 09-19-2011 02:40 PM

I’ve been looking at various designs for a Prie Dieu and yours is amazing! Could you message me your design?
It is really beautiful.

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#10 posted 04-28-2012 10:54 PM

Very well done.

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#11 posted 07-31-2012 04:57 PM

I have been looking for quite some time for a prie dieu. Yours is simple, serviceable, and a beautiful piece of furniture. Are you willing to share your plans, or would you consider building one for someone else? I am looking forward to your response. God bless.

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#12 posted 09-17-2013 01:08 PM

I know this is a very old post, but I was looking for some plans for kneeler and came across this. Yours is beautiful, and I’d love to make one similar. Do you still have the sketchup plans? If so, would you mind passing them along to me? Thanks very much!

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#13 posted 08-27-2014 11:07 AM

Hi Chris,

I too would love the plans for this if you wouldn’t mind sharing them. I am a pastor and have been wanting one of these for my office for some time.

Beautiful work by the way.

Pr. Perry

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#14 posted 09-07-2014 11:06 PM

Can i get a print of that plan? Buddy of mine wants me to build some for his wedding

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#15 posted 10-19-2014 07:44 PM

Do you live near the Twin Cities? I’d love to see this item.

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