creche #2: Stealth woodworking

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Blog entry by scottb posted 11-22-2006 04:12 AM 1436 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Delivered the creche this weekend, nearly complete. The woodworking aspects took longer than I expected, but not so bad that I was losing money on my time. The non-woodworking aspects however were another story.

I cut two kerfs on the insides of both legs, pre-glueup, to slide in a piece of plexiglass (the cutomers request), to protect the statues. Didn’t have one at the bottom or top (planned on using hidden screws at the top) to help hold it in place. I was to also put a piece of tuftex (wavy, smoky colored, transparent plastic panels used in roofing) on the roof to help protect it from rain and snow.

I expected the plexi would be no prob, and was a little worried about the tuftex. The tuftex cut with snips with no issues, also had special screws with rubber gaskets built into the heads that worked like a charm (did it add to the rustic look of the overall structure? A nice appropriate looking place for the baby Jesus to be born in? Well, no. But would it keep his statues clean and dry, and protected for decades to come? for sure!

The plexi on the other hand, proved more problematic. Took me a half hour or so to botch the first piece. Had the 2nd cut for me (which I managed to break anyhow) so I took a third run over, bright and early, to pop off the top, swap out the plexi, make a couple modifications to better hold in the plexi, and speed off.

Total pit stop time, less than five minutes, and despite using a drill and my brad nailer in a 55+ community, I didn’t seem to attract any attention.

Now I can relax and call my project complete. I learned a lot with this one. I’ll post it in the lumberjocks forum soon. Want to take another drive over, and get some pictures when he has it all set up.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 11-22-2006 04:10 PM

I see what it is, but what was it created for? It looks a little too steep to be a lecturn. And is that Southern Yellow Pine?

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#2 posted 11-23-2006 05:01 PM

Hi there Obi…

I’m finding myself surprised by the number of people confused (in life, and online) with this project. Perhaps I’m using the wrong terminology, or people just understand it better in complete context…

This is a creche, for a nativity scene. The customer has 24” tall statues of Joseph and Mary, as well as an appropriately scaled Manger for the baby Jesus. I’ll swing by his house in the next week, and get photos of the whole set up.

As for the wood, I’m not positive, but I think you’re right. I used pressure treated 2x and 1x stock from Lowes and Home Depot for the structure, the floor, walls and roof are all plywood, also from the Big Box store. They tend to stock Southern yellow pine for that in these parts. The customer wanted the whole thing pressure treated, but I couldn’t find (and hardly lift) a better than construction grade pressure treated ply. – He intends to paint or stain the whole thing anyhow, but insisted on pressure treated for longevity.
I’d like to make another out of some reclaimed barn boards that I have… if not as a creche for someone else, perhaps a rabbit hutch… also reminds me of one of those!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 04-22-2008 10:06 PM

Ha, Guess we could all use a “creche” course in nativity vocab.

Ever hear from this client, or at least drive by curing the holidays to see if it’s still in use?

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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