|Project by Bob42||posted 01-13-2009 02:46 PM||1461 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
Our former Pastor asked me to make her a riser for the flower vase that goes on the alter. She was looking to have the flowers about 3-4” higher. Knowing I didn’t have much time to do this as it was Christmas time. I ran to the HD and picked up some 1×4 oak and some molding. I had some 2×4 poplar on hand.
So, I biscuit joined the poplar to form the base. Then cut the oak 1×4 and edged glued them together to form the top. At that point I was thinking I would like to use my RAS to cut the side molding but, knowing that many people claim that you don’t get good miters on the RAS I was thinking of using the miter saw. Well, I decided to use the RAS because I had just tuned it about a month ago and it was cutting very nicely. I think you can tell by the pictures that it did cut them perfectly. I planed the base with my new Dewalt 735 planer. Sanded with 320 and assembled the molding with glue and brad nails to the base leaving about a 1” rise inside the holder so the vase shouldn’t slide off. Filled the nail holes and sanded lightly with 320 again. The finish was 1 coat of shellac and 2 coats of brush-on lacquer and sanded lightly between coats with 400 then a coat of beeswax. The final dimensions are 7” x 7” x 4 1/4”.
This by no means was a difficult project except that I did not have much time and could not afford to make any mistakes. I was very happy in the results and the Pastor was thrilled. It now sits on the alter at her church in East Hampton, NY.
comments and/or advise welcome.
-- Bob K. East Northport, NY