creche #1: Awaiting a manger

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Blog entry by scottb posted 11-12-2006 05:12 PM 2472 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was commissioned to build a creche for one of my Dad’s customers (Well, Dad was commissioned, but I’m “subcontracting” At any rate I’m getting paid to do woodworking, and not resorting to family to supply the cash!)

Before meeting my client, I whipped up a bunch of rough sketches for something simple and rustic. Meanwhile (and unbeknownst to me), he headed on down to one of the big box stores to tell them about his project, and get a materials list. Fortunately one of my designs jived with what he was thinking. So, with materials list in hand, I set out to do up some full-scale drawings to work out the details. Normal half-laps, and some slightly offset, rabbets and stopped dadoes. Nothing short of custom cabinetry!

That was last weekend. Drawing up a set of plans for a roughly 4’x3’x2’ structure (on 12” stilts to keep it above the snow). Worked out the details of the joinery, the detachable roof, worked out how I was going to incorporate lighting, and a plexiglass front (to protect the statues of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, as well as thwart, if not slow down thieves – his request).

Since he lives in a 55+ community I’m trying to do an especially good job – not to just please the customer and myself, (and the condo association.) Hopefully, in the end, some of his neighbors will like what they see and want one too!

Not much to show yet. Just a pile of lumber cut to length, (with some of the joinery done) several pages of sketches, and one really big drawing. Hope to have some pictures worth sharing soon.

Oh, forgot to mention my biggest challenge of the project. I have to build the thing out of dimensional pressure treated lumber.

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

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pat sherman

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#1 posted 11-13-2006 04:12 AM

scott. sounds like an interesting project. can hardly wait to see the pictures of the finished project.

-- pat,ohio...

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#2 posted 11-17-2006 04:17 AM

Mark, If Sam Maloof still advertises, as good as he is, I’d say that guy is all wet. I don’t see anything wrong with advertising, especially as good as you are and as, heres the kicker, you’re too isolated, and as isolated as you are I don’t see anything wrong with advertising in magazines, on the internet, at shows, any way you can get yoiur name out there. You are good and that will spread your success, but it has to be seen and gotten out there before people will contact you.If Sam can ask 30,000 for a chair and have a waiting list, its, not because of just his name, it’s because people have read about him, know his work and know how famous he is. its advertisesing also, you can bet your chair on it. You don’t have the time to travel and advertise and work and get things done too. Things will work out for you, you’re just to darn good! You don’t live on main street USA so get out there, lets see your name in Popular Woodworking, Fine Woodworking, etc, Good Luck, your buddy, Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 11-17-2006 05:00 PM

The comment I made on” away in a manger” was to be for” American Bungalow Magazine.” Jockmike2

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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