Church Clock Project #4: It's In The Details

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Blog entry by William posted 02-23-2011 06:22 AM 1088 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Raising The Roof Part 4 of Church Clock Project series Part 5: It'll Be Ready For Service By Sunday »

Since I had a very productive day and have lots to show, I’m just going to jump right in.

Gables, dormers, doghouses. I’m not sure what to call them. I call them dormers. I was told today though that they are called gables. In this photo though, on the left I guess you could call my jig to build them. It is just a simple square that is, well, square. The two sides of each gable has a 45 degree bevel across the top, a 35 degree bevel down the back, and a 20 something degree angle going up the back side. The front of each is 45 degrees at the top with a I don’t know angle across the bottom with a 45 degree bevel. Now, since I have tried cutting these exactly and failed miserably, I do them a little differently. I cut the 45 for the top. From there I cut the three pieces for each gable close but a little oversized. I then use my jig (square at the thickness of the offset for the front) and glue each of them up. After the glue dries, I use my stationary belt sander to sand them down caefully till they fit the roof correctly.
There are six along the bottom edge of the roof (three on each side). Then there are four (two each side) above that. The four upper ones are smaller than the others.

Here they are attached to the roof.
This completed the building itself except for the steeple. I do the steeple last. There’s no reason why it has to be last. I just want to do it that way.
So now I can start on all the decorative details.

Here’s the side windows.

The round window in the lower part of the steeple section.

The front side window trim.

The upper gable trim on one of the gables.

The small windows in the middle part of the steeple section. There are three on each side. The plan calls for nine total for the front and sides. I put them all the way around though.

So this is what I got done today. I started cutting the bottom gable trim pieces. Before I could finish them though, I stopped to take a break. I was able to do most of the work today sitting. I didn’t realize until I stopped for a break how long I’d been at the scroll saw. I lose track of time when I’m scrolling. It also took me stopping to realize I had pushed myself too long today. So it was time to call it a day, it didn’t matter how bad I wanted to finish the gable trim. There’s always tomorrow.
So on that note, I hope to show you more tomorrow. Good night all.


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#1 posted 02-23-2011 06:33 AM

I would lend a hand with the dog houses, but I don’t think my Swanson speed square will measure that small. You don’t have a coo coo in there somewhere do ya? jk ;)
It has amazed me at how far you have come along in such a short time. To me it has a western European look about it. Great job.
Let me know if you are in need of a rest Saturday. Take care..

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 07:29 AM

I wouldn’t think of it. I’m looking forward to your visit Dave.
As for the dog houses, I wish these were full size. Years ago when I did roofing work for a living, this sort of thing was a piece of cake to me. You would think that being smaller would make it easier. That would be a wrong assumption though. On full scale, it’s easy to hide tiny mistakes. In this scale though, tiny mistakes stick out like a huge thobbing sore thumb.


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#3 posted 02-23-2011 01:38 PM

I helped run a crew to roof Hillcrest Baptist Church. 19 Palettes of shingles. We had it brought in on a 18 wheeler and delivered to the roof. I forget how many squares. Than I got to paint the steeple. I got that privilege because I was the smallest. You earned your money.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 02-23-2011 02:18 PM


It’s looking really good!


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 02-23-2011 03:26 PM

It is coming along so beautifully! I love that you are showing each step because we are able to see and enjoy every single detail – something that we may have missed seeing just the finished project. I love seeing how you work, too and I am learning a lot about building a project of this scope.

This has been a very enjoyable blog and I look forward to the next installment. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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