A Manger

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Project by Amoc posted 04-22-2013 03:01 PM 1440 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend asked if I could make a manger for his daughter. The one condition was that I had to build it so that a 9 inch camel would be in proportion. I spent some time researching what a manger really looked like for that period. I built this using a standard 2×4 and then ripping it into 3/4×3/4 beams. Over length and width is 15×15 and at the center of the roof it stand at 18 inches. In the rafter to give it more, I used two battery powered tea lights that I drilled holes into the mounting big enough for the bulbs to fit into and then mounted with the bulbs pointing down. When you turn the lights off and the tea lights on they flicker as if you has an actual oil lantern going. The roof I made to be able to be removed by using alignment pins and used the wood planer to sacrificed a board for shavings. I applied a thick coat of wood glue. Then after it dried I applied a very thick amount of stained poly. The floor I used saw dust from the table saw and then after it dried I used spray paint to make it look like mud. I added a few extra’s like birds, a sheep, and even a wooden bucket. This was harder than I first thought it was going to be. The more I got into it the more I wanted it to look authentic.

-- Ken from Ft Hood, TX

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#1 posted 04-22-2013 04:02 PM

That turned out beautifully. A very cool toy.

The mud spatter on the wall/gates of the stalls really sells it.

-- “Don't yet rejoice in his defeat, you men! Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.” —Bertolt Brecht

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#2 posted 04-22-2013 04:14 PM

Awesome! I was thinking of doing the same thing for my wife one of these Christmas’. This is a great inspiration for me in the future. Very nicely done.

-- Loving the outdoors since 1981!

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#3 posted 04-22-2013 05:08 PM

This really turned out nice. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 04-24-2013 11:16 AM

Great looking – better than the one I built about 20 years ago. Do you have a plan, sketch or detailed dimensions. I have a friend who has a Bethlehem room (all nativity items) and would love to have one.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#5 posted 04-24-2013 02:09 PM

The dimensions for this I had based to scale for a 9 inch tall camel. So i decided on 15 in x 15 and the sides are 15 in high. I put the center 3 inches higher. As far as the stalls I made the main floor 2/3 larger than the rear. The rest you can see from the pic’s. The one thing you do not see is for the roof I took a 1.5×1.5 piece of stock and beveled the top for the pitch of the roof that is 22 degrees. I then for the bottom of the stock put a dado just slightly wider than the main support beam and 1/4 in deep.

-- Ken from Ft Hood, TX

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