So I put on a few finishing touches before delivery today. I drilled the base of the tabernacle stand so I could attach the columns from the bottom. I countersunk the holes so the heads would be recessed.
I attached the signature plates with a bit of glue and some pin nails.
I used a couple of cabinet screws to attach the columns to the top. They are in the back behind the columns, so they won’t be visible. Then I polished the finish by rubbing the whole thing down with a brown paper bag. It takes off the dust nibs, while leaving the surface shiny.
With the tabernacle stand complete, I move on to polishing the panels and the rest of the altar parts, then load them into the back of the Highlander. I would have put it all in my truck, but it was very humid out and it looked like rain, so I crammed it all in my wife’s car. It fit, but just barely.
I had some help carrying everything in.
Since the tabernacle stand was all assembled, it got installed first. Next we set the base down and I placed all of the columns, then the panels.
Once I got my helpers out of the way, I attached the panels to the columns and base with pocket hole screws.
We placed the top and I screwed it in place while others pressed down on it. It probably wouldn’t have moved, but I wanted to make sure.
Here is the relic chamber door, closed and latched, then opened with its magnetic key.
I still need to plug the pocket holes, but there was a little too much finish on the plugs and they wouldn’t press in easily. I will sand down the sides and install them at some later time… Outside of that, The altar is complete and delivered. On to the next project.
Super job, well planned, beautifully executed, and well documented. Thank you for taking us on a fun, informative journey
Glad you enjoyed it. I learned a lot on this project. I hope others can learn from what I post. None of it was difficult, just a bit time consuming…
I saw it today and the children in the children’s ministry class took notice … I told them who did it and we all gave thanks for you taking time to use your talent for God and the parishioners of St. Peter’s!
Thank you so much for sharing the process of creating the Sacred Heart Glyndon tabernacle doors. Your craftmanship is awe-inspiring.
May you be blessed now and forever for sharing your talents to help grow our faith in the truth of the Real Presence!