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 about 625 manhours, all by me. With the “March from Hell” and the amount of detail work it took, it has been a long project.
My commission was to replicate the original Sacrifice Altar to complete the historic look of the church, taking it back to the way it looked when it was built in the late 1880’s in Strong City, KS.
I am almost complete with the Lecturn/Podium that I designed and built to match the other woodwork, so I will post photos of it soon. I’m really happy with it, and anxious to show you all.
Here is a shot of the Side Altars in my shop last night.
Another view of the Side Altars in my shop last night.
Here is a photo of the old Sacrifice Altar that I was using to replicate the matching Side Altars shown above.
My next phase of the project is to restore the old Sacrifice Altar, put a new top on it, add a back panel to it, and repaint all of the gold trim work. After that, I am to make a Processional Cross to match the other woodwork, which will be a really fun project.
Here is a photo of the church interior before the renovation work.
If you want to see this work complete in the finished church, go to this blog:
For the past 1.5 weeks, I have been working at the church on the restoration of the old Front Altar, and here is a photo of me painting the gold trim on the column tops.
Once I get all of the items in place after the new carpet has been laid, I will take some better photos of the finished look of the church.
This has been a challenging project, pushing my woodworking abilities at times to the point of breaking, but I have completed it, and now I am proud of the achievement. The church folks have my head so swelled up with compliments that it is hard to get my head out of the door, but I’m sure something will come along that will take me down some notches.
Let me know what questions you have,
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If are you reading this Thread, then you might also be interested in:
- Hymn Number Board
- Speaker's Lectern
- Processional Cross
- Matching Side Altars
- Restored Sacrifice: Altar: not yet posted
- Restored High Altar: not yet posted
- Developing Authentic Expectations While Working With Commission Customers
- Commissioned Church Side Altars Complete
- Hanging Homemade Crown Molding: Suffering Through Mistakes & Learning Life's Lessons
- Crown Molding: Crafting Your Own Trim
- Arrival of the Historic Church Altar; Restoration and Making two Matching Side Altars
- Commission Award for the Church Altar Restoration and Matching Side Altars
- Church Altar Restoration and Matching Side Altars Project Bid Submitted
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