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Tenebrae Hearse for Holy Spirit church – part 8

Stain is dry and it is time to apply the finish. I will be spraying an oil-based polyurethane on all of the visible components. Polyurethane is a film finish that … Continue reading

January 22, 2023 · Leave a comment

Tenebrae Hearse for Holy Spirit church – part 7

The center post wouldn’t be too complicated if I were to make it from a solid piece of wood. Unfortunately, that would allow for too much wood movement. The thicker … Continue reading

January 20, 2023 · Leave a comment

Tenebrae Hearse for Holy Spirit church – part 6

I pull off the temporary glue blocks and remove all of the tape so I can use them again. I laid out the two larger base pieces to see if … Continue reading

January 18, 2023 · Leave a comment

Tenebrae Hearse for Holy Spirit church – part 5

Today I want to start working on the base. The easiest part will be the four feet. Since I have come 1/2″ stock left over from the triangular off-cuts from … Continue reading

January 17, 2023 · Leave a comment

Tenebrae Hearse for Holy Spirit church – part 4 

Time to make the yoke for the base of the head piece. I start with the two gussets. They are 3″x4″ triangles that are 1-1/2″ thick. I squared up the … Continue reading

January 15, 2023 · Leave a comment

Tenebrae Hearse for Holy Spirit church – part 3

The water in the dye has a tendency to soak into the wood and swell the grain leaving a rough texture behind. I used 400 grit sand paper to smooth … Continue reading

January 14, 2023 · Leave a comment

Tenebrae Hearse for Holy Spirit church – part 2

To create the triangular frame around the centerpiece, I need to start with two fairly chunky pieces. The rough size of these two pieces is around 3-5/8″ x 2-1/2″ x … Continue reading

January 13, 2023 · Leave a comment

Tenebrae Hearse for Holy Spirit church – part 1

I was approached by Holy Spirit Catholic Church with a request to make them a Tenebrae Hearse for their Tenebrae service on Good Friday. They have a beautiful church in … Continue reading

January 12, 2023 · Leave a comment

Jesse tree

A couple of months ago, well maybe 9 months ago, I was asked to make a Jesse tree by the Stacy, the Religious Education Coordinator at my church. Jesse Trees … Continue reading

November 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Adoration tabernacle door

I had an interesting little project to make last week. Sacred Heart Parish, In Glyndon, MD is starting All-Day Eucharistic Adoration. Instead of using a Monstrance to display the Eucharist, … Continue reading

June 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

St. Kilian chapel – 911 memorial

This project has been in the works for a full year. I usually prefer to get a project designed and completed fairly quickly but this one was unique. Saint Kilian … Continue reading

May 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

St. Kilian chapel – Wall mounted holy water fonts

I had a new challenge sent to me from Monsignor Rowan at Saint Kilian parish in New York. He had me make four consecration candle holders for the chapel they … Continue reading

November 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

Marian procession bier – part 9

Before applying the second coat of paint, I sanded everything down with 400 grit paper. the water-based paint raises the grain just like water-based polyurethane. Sanding smooths out the surface … Continue reading

August 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Marian procession bier – part 8

Time to get started on the back arch of the bier. I have one short piece of the old growth Douglas fir left and it should be enough to create … Continue reading

August 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Marian procession bier – part 7

I need to do a lot of pre-finishing before I can start assembling anything. I start by painting the rails. I am using a good quality exterior paint and applying … Continue reading

August 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Marian procession bier – part 6

Today’s project is to create the cover plate that will hold the statue base in place. I start by cutting down two more pieces of Spanish cedar to the approximate … Continue reading

August 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Marian procession bier – part 5

I made a plate yesterday and tested the fit on the rails. It looks like it will work well so I cut seven more so I can mount one to … Continue reading

August 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Marian procession bier – part 4

The next thing I want to work on is the corner posts and rails around the top of the bier. The two corner posts in the back will have to … Continue reading

August 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

Marian procession bier – part 3

There are so many details on this project, I don’t really know what sequence to build it in. I will probably be working on at least two different things at … Continue reading

August 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Marian procession bier – part 2

Today I am working on the main body of the bier. I am making the main structure of the base from poplar. It is strong but lightweight and sands down … Continue reading

August 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

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