Leftover Creche

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Project by greg48 posted 02-15-2013 10:48 PM 1170 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well you may say that I’m early or a bit late, but It is done in either case. The wife asked me to help build a Christmas Creche last advent and I finally got around to it. Not having a lot of disposable income after the holidays, I searched around the shop to see what I had in misc. leftovers and came up with a handful of 1/2” dowels, piece of 1/2” plywood, and some surveying lath from a job site. The creche is simple half lapped dowels glued and pinned, edge glued lath with 45 deg. kerf cuts to resemble planking, and a similar treatment to the face ply of the 1/2 plywood floor. For closer details, you can follow my build blog here: (

Besides utilizing shop leftovers, I wanted to build it so that it could be broken down into components for flat storage during the off season. The back wall pallisade is wedged between the floor and the roof structure. The roof structure rests on 1/4” dowels at the tops of the vertical poles and lifts off. The side poles rest in 1/2” holes in the floor. The whole thing comes apart likety-split.

Wife got involved with her assortment of inks and dyes to apply some colors to make it look old, but the dark brown base stain pretty much ate it all up without any visible signs of aging. I have decided to set it outside after winter and allow the sun, pollen, and birds to add their own patina to the project before it comes back in next advent.

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

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#1 posted 02-16-2013 06:57 PM

Simply Beautiful.

...less IS more.

Very nicely done, both of you. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 02-18-2013 02:20 PM

This is super nice, Greg. I really like it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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