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Commissioned Church Side Altars Complete!

05-09-2007 03:31 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 25 comments »

I am so excited this morning. Why you ask? I’m complete with the St. Anthony Church Side Altar commission project. I have more work to do on other pieces for the church by the end of the month. So, there isn’t much time to take a breath yet, but the completion of the Side Altars is a huge milestone for me, and my woodworking career. To be honest, there were some times that I wondered if I would ever get all of the details of these Altars complete. Total working time is a...

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Plans Laid for the Next Project: A Mission Style Casket

04-10-2007 04:30 AM by Mark A. DeCou | 8 comments »

—————————————— UPDATE 3-28-2012: MISSION CASKET BOOK & PLANS AVAILABLE:After Posting my Casket Stories and Photos on Lumberjocks, I have been overwhelmed by the response from readers. There is quite a thread of folks wanting to assist in their funeral planning by building their own casket, or building one for a close friend or family member. There are many reasons a person would build their own casket...

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Hanging Homemade Crown Molding: Suffering Through Mistakes & Learning Life's Lessons.

02-19-2007 06:29 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 11 comments »

I wanted to tell a little more about my experience with crafting my own crown molding, and share a couple of lessons I learned along the way. Previously, I showed how I formed and sanded the profile on the last blog of this topic, and so today I thought I would complete the task by showing the installation of the molding, and a few “gems” I discovered along the way. First off, I made very sure that my cabinet that I am hanging this crown molding on was as perfectly square on...

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Crown Molding: Crafting Your Own Trim

02-10-2007 08:43 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 10 comments »

My wife is gone for a few hours this Saturday morning, and the kids are busy watching a video, so I will update you on what I am working on now. I’m right in the middle of a “fun” project. It is “fun” on many levels, mostly because I have had to stop and scratch my head a lot. For those of you with kids, or remember having kids, or know someone who has kids, Winnie the Pooh always says, “Think, think, think” while poking his temple when he is try...

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Arrival of the Historic Church Altar; Restoration and Making two Matching Side Altars

12-18-2006 07:04 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 3 comments »

I have been waiting for several weeks for the arrival of the Church Altar that I am to copy and make two Side Altars to match. The Altar was delivered to my shop this past Saturday, and I am told that the down payment check is in the mail. Of course, the Altar looked smaller in the big church room. And, I started to “cold-sweat” a little looking at the task before me. I like new projects that have elements that make me sweat and worry, so this is right up my alley, so to spe...

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Commission Award for the Church Altar Restoration and Matching Side Altars 11-12-2006

11-13-2006 03:35 AM by Mark A. DeCou | 4 comments »

I am so excited, I just received a call this evening that my bid on the church Side Altars has been accepted. I will start the detail design, material acquisition and planning this week, and will get started on building the project around Thanksgiving, with a 12-14 week schedule expected. Thanks,Mark - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - –...

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Church Altar Restoration and Matching Side Altars Project Bid Submitted 11-10-2006

11-13-2006 03:33 AM by Mark A. DeCou | 1 comment »

New Bid SubmittedThis morning I sent out my bid for a commissioned job to build two side altars for a church, matching the old original center altar. After spending so much time estimating and pondering if I left anything out, or put too much in the bid, I am glad I have finally made the decision, typed it up, and sent it out. This project will involve some pretty complicated woodworking, the type of challenge that I like. The church board will review the bids this weekend, and I should kn...

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