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Church Altar and tabernacle stand – day 30 – Delivery day

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.

Drilling the bottom of the tabernacle stand

Drilling the bottom of the tabernacle stand

Screws to hold the columns

Screws to hold the columns

Attaching a signature to the tabernacle stand

Attaching a signature to the tabernacle stand

I attached the signature plates with a bit of glue and some pin nails.

Signature installed on the altar

Signature installed on the altar

Attaching the top to the tabernacle stand

Attaching the top to the tabernacle stand

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.

Polishing the finish with a brown paper bag

Polishing the finish with a brown paper bag

Tabernacle stand finished

Tabernacle stand finished

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.

Polishing the panels

Polishing the panels

Ian and Father Jason carrying in the tabernacle stand

Ian and Father Jason carying in the tabernacle stand

I had some help carrying everything in.

Ken and I carrying the altar base

Ken and I carrying the altar base

Ian wheeling in the tabernacle stand

Ian wheeling in the tabernacle stand

Ken and I with the altar top

Ken and I with the altar top

Tabernacle stand in place

Tabernacle stand in place

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.

Me assembling the altar parts

Me assembling the altar parts

Father Jason getting in the way...

Father Jason getting in the way…

Columns and panels set in place

Columns and panels set in place

Attaching the panels to the columns

Attaching the panels to the columns

Once I got my helpers out of the way, I attached the panels to the columns and base with pocket hole screws.

Top set in place

Top set in place

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.

Attaching the top

Attaching the top

Relic chamber door

Relic chamber door

Here is the relic chamber door, closed and latched, then opened with its magnetic key.

Relic chamber open

Relic chamber open

Altar installed

Altar installed

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.

Altar

Altar

Tabernacle stand

Tabernacle stand

3 comments on “Church Altar and tabernacle stand – day 30 – Delivery day

  1. Dave Ray
    September 28, 2013

    Super job, well planned, beautifully executed, and well documented. Thank you for taking us on a fun, informative journey

    • Lwroten
      September 28, 2013

      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…

  2. Maria Grosskopf
    September 29, 2013

    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!

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