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Project by Austin Zach posted 08-15-2021 08:31 PM 756 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is a prayer table that I made out of repurposed wood from an old crib that I got from a friend of mine. There is a cool story of God’s providence that goes along with it.

In the spring, I went to a Bach concert in our beautiful St. Cecilia’s Cathedral, and I started thinking about how we didn’t have an adequate prayer space in our new house, and what we really needed was a prayer table to set a space apart and hold our family Bible. I started thinking right then and there that I would build one, but was a bit discouraged by the thought of having to go buy some nice wood for so noble a purpose, given the cost of lumber these days. A half hour after the concert ended, a friend of mine texted me out of the blue and mentioned he was looking to get rid of a crib, and wondered if I’d be interested in taking it and possibly repurposing the wood. It seemed rather providential to me since I was just wondering where the wood for my new prayer table idea was going to come from. Plus, I figured if I tried and failed to make something decent out of that old crib, I wasn’t out anything since the wood was free.

Naturally, I spent a fair bit of time trying to turn this old crib into usable lumber: cutting/scraping/sanding off the old finish, gluing together smaller pieces to make usable larger pieces, dowel-plugging old bolt holes in the legs, etc. But in the end I think the wood I ended up with was more than adequate.

All of the externally visible parts of this prayer table are from the crib. The only parts that aren’t from the crib are the drawer and drawer case.

The criss-crossed cathedral arches on the sides are my first bent lamination. I think they turned out great, and they really set the piece apart as a prayer table and not just a tall side table.

Some rough sketches of my initial ideas:

More refined sketch:

The raw material:

The finished product:





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#1 posted 08-15-2021 10:25 PM

Great use of the wood at hand winding up with a very good looking table.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 08-16-2021 02:34 AM

simply beautiful !

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 08-16-2021 03:46 AM

That is just awesome work!

-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.

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#4 posted 08-16-2021 02:46 PM

What a great piece. Your work is fantastic!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#5 posted 08-16-2021 06:08 PM

That is great, and yes, the criss-cross arches do make it stand out as a piece of art. goes well with the icons and the Divine Mercy image.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#6 posted 08-16-2021 08:48 PM

I have to agree with all of the ABOVE!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 08-16-2021 10:35 PM

Beautiful work. It’s great when something wooden can be re-purposed. Love the icons. Is that a little sanctuary lamp? That adds a nice touch. Well done, I might have to swipe your ideas!

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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#8 posted 08-16-2021 10:39 PM

Beautiful work. It’s great when something wooden can be re-purposed. Love the icons. Is that a little sanctuary lamp? That adds a nice touch. Well done, I might have to swipe your ideas!

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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#9 posted 08-17-2021 12:02 AM

Very, very nice.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#10 posted 08-17-2021 12:24 AM

Really great job on that design and build, beautiful…Well done…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#11 posted 08-17-2021 12:59 AM

Nice work. I like the curvy cross pieces on the sides.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#12 posted 08-17-2021 01:20 PM

Thanks for all the great feedback, everyone. @Steve Cherry, it’s actually a thurible/censer. We like to celebrate special feast days by burning some incense.

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#13 posted 08-17-2021 03:55 PM

Wow! Talk about being “Reborn again”....

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#14 posted 08-18-2021 07:58 PM

Verily, Very Nice

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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