LumberJocks

Church Organ Facade and Casework

  • Advertise with us
Project by JAAune posted 05-20-2014 04:11 AM 1595 views 2 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Everybody gets a chance to learn something new and for me this project was one of them. I’ve done architectural work in the past but nothing quite on this scale and never before did I have to climb onto scaffolding to complete a job.

This project was completed December 2013 (excepting the organ console which was installed later) and was a collaboration between Remmert Studios, Altare Design, Allen Organ Company and a local electric contractor.

The organ itself is a digital/pipe combination so there were 12 speakers to place and they all needed to be unobtrusive. A couple of the photos show the placement of the largest speakers. Two small speakers were set in the far left and right cabinets and one under each of the angel statues.

The casework itself is mostly walnut plywood with some air-dried walnut sourced from a local sawyer. One of the pictures in the gallery was taken at the shop shortly before delivery day. Everything was built in parts, pre-assembled in the shop, then taken back apart for transport.

Looking at the pictures, what do you suppose one of the biggest challenges might have been? Anyone who can guess gets a bozo button and a pat on the back.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com





35 comments so far

View mbs's profile

mbs

1504 posts in 1695 days


#1 posted 05-20-2014 05:24 AM

Amazing work. I’m sure the pics don’t do justice to the piece.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

112943 posts in 2332 days


#2 posted 05-20-2014 05:30 AM

Wow this is one amazing project,unbelievable.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View DocSavage45's profile

DocSavage45

5393 posts in 1597 days


#3 posted 05-20-2014 05:48 AM

WOW!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

View CaptainKlutz's profile

CaptainKlutz

53 posts in 249 days


#4 posted 05-20-2014 08:48 AM

Nice work.
With that many involved, communication and design changes would be tough. IME – Complex installations NEVER goes as planned. So I am guessing it had to a real pain to make the onsite adjustments to cabinets for hidden control wiring and airlines for all the pipes, especially changes to that amazing hanging fa├žade.

-- I'm not a woodworker, but sometimes I do occasionally find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

15538 posts in 1093 days


#5 posted 05-20-2014 09:33 AM

Incredibly impressive work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View deon's profile

deon

2243 posts in 1780 days


#6 posted 05-20-2014 10:13 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

View MrFid's profile

MrFid

570 posts in 659 days


#7 posted 05-20-2014 11:30 AM

Looks perfect. Lots of hard work I am sure, but well worth it.

Biggest challenge was standing up those pipes and one of them (a B sharp, I’ll bet) fell to the floor and dented making it a C flat. The choir was never the same but eventually they learned to sing off key for that one note in every song they sang. Also, all the air from those pipes blows the angels’ dresses up like Marilyn Monroe.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

View Smitty_Cabinetshop's profile

Smitty_Cabinetshop

10397 posts in 1373 days


#8 posted 05-20-2014 11:41 AM

Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

View Ken90712's profile

Ken90712

15337 posts in 1943 days


#9 posted 05-20-2014 12:47 PM

Wow , what a great project on a big scale…. Amazing work…. One to be proud of.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

View oldrivers's profile

oldrivers

302 posts in 321 days


#10 posted 05-20-2014 01:00 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

View woodchuckerNJ's profile

woodchuckerNJ

901 posts in 389 days


#11 posted 05-20-2014 01:51 PM

Excellent work, on a huge scale.

How long did that take?
The landing in the foreground how did you make that?
Steamed laminations?
Kerfed Laminations?

How many helpers to lift that even in pieces?

Very impressive.

-- Jeff NJ

View helluvawreck's profile

helluvawreck

16043 posts in 1621 days


#12 posted 05-20-2014 01:59 PM

This is absolutely beautiful. You do fine work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

View Eli Adamit's profile

Eli Adamit

490 posts in 2044 days


#13 posted 05-20-2014 03:20 PM

Wow, amazing work.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

View JAAune's profile

JAAune

987 posts in 1071 days


#14 posted 05-20-2014 03:43 PM

Design and aesthetics were handled by Remmert Studios and Allen Organ just worked on cutting and painting the pipes plus organ and speaker installation.

That left Altare Design to handle fabrication and installation of the cabinetry which we accomplished in approximately 5 weeks with two people. We had to recruit the help of the church custodian to lift the upper half of those large cabinets in the rear into place. Other than that, it was just two of us doing the install.

Yes, we do have CNC so we can work faster than most people.

We used bent laminations and 2-ply veneer for making curved plywood. The parts were placed inside the bag then wrapped around the form with band clamps.

MrFid, the big pipes are non-speaking and are merely decorative. Due to the way the organ specs were arranged, only the little pipes in the center are speaking pipes. Their decision was to keep the appearance of a full pipe organ even though they only ended up with one small, four rank set of pipes. The big pipes were re-purposed from an old church and they are real pipes.

CaptainKlutz is correct that collaborations like that always run into a hitch somewhere. In this job however, that didn’t cause any major problems as all the miscommunications involved minor adjustments. Nothing difficult.

I doubt anyone will figure out what the big hurdle was because it was one of those things that should be obvious, yet nobody working on the project thought about it.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

View Tomoose's profile

Tomoose

337 posts in 2128 days


#15 posted 05-20-2014 03:48 PM

Beautiful.

Tom

-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

showing 1 through 15 of 35 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase