Dais Extension

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Project by jack1 posted 10-22-2012 10:14 PM 1827 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had a new priest transfered to our parish who is rather large… He does morning mass in the old chapel (built in the 1850’s) and was having a hard time getting around behind the alter (second picture). The altar needed to be moved forward about 8 inches to allow him enough room to easily navigate. To do this I had to extend the floor of the dais while trying to blend the new wood with the old.

I got a hold of some clear douglas fir to match the old floor that was on the altar and some ends from some true 16/8×12” beams of Douglas Fir a friend was hanging on to for firewood. It was also clear. I connected the 3 1×4”s with connecting plates and pocket screws and cut a 1/4 round off of each end to not only add some design but to get rid of a potential hazard to shins.

I took the 2×12”s and drew an ogee shape using the bending rule you see and cut all three on the bandsaw. I taped them together and used a drum sander to equally shape the corbels. I used part of the profile of a double roman ogee bit in the router table to shape the edges.

The corbels were then drilled for 4 pocket screws, two to the top and two to the bottom to go into the existing facial of the dais. Since the existing floor had an overhang of about 1 1/2” I was also able to drill through that lip and into the corbels for extra strength. I drilled other screw holes into the other corbels and either hid them under the altar feet or used matching plugs to hide the screws.

The new douglas fir was finished with Watkins Oil and some MinWax stain to get it close to the old floors color.

The alter was then unattached, moved forward about 8” and reattached to the new and old floors with screws and plugs through the feet as before.

My best compliments actually were when no one said much of anything at all for a couple of weeks. They hadn’t noticed the extension since they matched the existing steps you see on each side. My goal of blending it in to the old floor worked somewhat!


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#1 posted 10-22-2012 10:19 PM

I actually had the description in paragraphs. I don’t know what happened. Sorry…


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 10-22-2012 10:44 PM

lol—the best compliments that no one noticed! I am sure the priest did! Nice job…

Also—-I think you can go in and edit your entry in the first hour if you want to re-add the paragraphs…


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#3 posted 10-22-2012 10:54 PM

Thanks… It worked!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 10-22-2012 11:06 PM

Excellent work. The perfect fit for the setting and need. Nice match on the color too.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 10-22-2012 11:16 PM

Beautiful job, Jack!!

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#6 posted 10-23-2012 12:09 AM

well done jack

looks original

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 10-23-2012 04:02 AM

Nice job.

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#8 posted 10-23-2012 05:21 AM


It matches up wonderfully with both the stairs and the main lower floor. I like the trinity of corbels. Noble work.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 10-23-2012 02:37 PM

Really nice job Jack!
Your design and fitting of the extension worked perfectly.
You got a little extra something in your good deed book upstairs for this one ! :)

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#10 posted 10-23-2012 11:01 PM

Thanks for looking and commenting.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#11 posted 10-30-2012 03:52 AM

Well done!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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