Chapel Furnishings - Altar With Canopy, Pews and Communion Rail

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Project by JAAune posted 12-17-2013 04:19 PM 2735 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The last project I posted showed some pews my company built for a private Catholic school chapel. As it turned out, the school added a new chapel when they built an additional dorm and we got this commission as well.

This time around we built all the furnishings for the chapel. The primary wood is white oak and the dark, stained portions are red oak.

Installing the dark trim around the canopy was probably the hardest portion of this project. We didn’t make any extra molding and due to the shape of the pediment, we only got one shot at getting the cut right. To do so, we used a couple pieces of plywood and trimmed them until the fit was perfect then used those as cutting guides on a 9” bandsaw we brought onsite.

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#1 posted 12-17-2013 05:29 PM

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#2 posted 12-17-2013 05:46 PM

Beautiful work and congratulations on getting this commission.

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#3 posted 12-18-2013 01:26 AM

Some thing to be proud of!

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#4 posted 12-18-2013 12:54 PM

Wow its beautiful, great work….

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#5 posted 12-18-2013 07:17 PM

That is beautiful! If I can ask, what Catholic school still celebrates a tridentine liturgy?

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#6 posted 12-18-2013 09:09 PM

Nice job. Good idea to make the plywood templates. Saves a lot of frustration.

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#7 posted 12-18-2013 10:32 PM

very nice job, beautiful thanks for sharing

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#8 posted 12-19-2013 02:36 AM

Thanks for the compliments.

@ DGar

That school is SSPX and all their schools have the old Latin Mass. I know their canonical status is irregular at the moment but they still qualify as Catholic schools.

The FSSP have at least one as well but they’ve apparently not had the same level of success establishing and maintaining schools as the SSPX. Some other groups such as the Institute of Christ the King might have schools in other countries but not the USA.

There’s also a college referred to as Fischer More in Texas that has the same liturgy. It’s fairly new and I don’t know much about it.

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#9 posted 01-18-2014 12:04 AM

Beautiful work!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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