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Project by Dave Rutan posted 09-28-2015 07:30 PM 1370 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaŭ en Esperanto]

We’ve had a Nativity set like the one below for some years that we place outside during the Christmas season, but it was always just out there, with nothing to give even the illusion of shelter.

Like most things, I had it on my list, just not very high up on said list. Then earlier this year I was given a bunch of pallet wood, literally given it. I just had to put the pieces in my car. It was part of a set for a production of the Fantastics.

Looking at the weather this morning, I felt today might be the ‘last nice day’ before the cold breezy Fall weather hits. So I decided to tackle this project. The only plan I had was that it should be about 40 inches wide, have a suggestion of a slanted roof, and sides to help hold it upright in the wind. I also wanted it to be disassemblable so that it could be stored flat. Unfortunately my camera battery quit right after I took the first picture.

So I laid the boards out flat and glued and nailed them together with some ring shank nails I had. Hopefully things will hold together a few years before have to make repairs. I laid two boards at an angle on the top end and attached them (one at a time.) Then I cut the boards along the angle I created.

Looking at the piece, I thought It was too high, so I cut a foot off the bottom—WAIT, I ‘planned’ it that way, yea! I nailed two boards flat along the angle to give the illusion of an interior roof. I know better than to make a proper roof with the snow we’ve been getting up here lately.

Then I used the piece I cut off (planned, remember?) to create two sides, but cutting it in half and adding a base piece that extends behind the creche. So the side ‘walls’ butt up against the rear wall and a small cleat acts as a stop block on the other side of the wall, holding the rear wall upright. At this point things could easily fall apart on a windy day as the only thing holding things together is friction.

To keep things together, yet easily disassemblable, I made another cleat (or is it a batten?) that goes behind the rear wall and holds the sides from falling outwards. I added a hook and eye to keep it from popping up and letting the whole thing fall apart. Now I’m ready for winter, (but not Halloween…)

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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greg48

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#1 posted 09-28-2015 08:25 PM

Bravo Dave,
The Christmas spirit doesn’t just begin in December nor end in January. So do you move the “characters” in at different times of the season, i.e. Jesus on the 25th and wise men on Epiphany? BTY, don’t worry about Halloween, just have a bowl of treats at hand.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 09-28-2015 09:03 PM



Bravo Dave,
The Christmas spirit doesn t just begin in December nor end in January. So do you move the “characters” in at different times of the season, i.e. Jesus on the 25th and wise men on Epiphany? BTY, don t worry about Halloween, just have a bowl of treats at hand.

- greg48

Christmas: We’re lucky if we get them moved back in the house after Christmas. The characters have lights in them so the cords get kinda frozen in. It depends on how much snow we get. Lately our winters have been kind of brutal, though not as bad as other areas.

Halloween: I’m not sure if I have the wood for it, but I wanted to make a few better ‘headstones’. We don’t overdo it, but we decorate our front like a cemetery. I made a few headstones way back when and I painted them by hand. I want to make a few with the router that just basically need a gray paint over spray, the letters being engraved in so to speak. I have a few ideas how to do this, though I haven’t made any of the jigs I’m thinking I’ll need.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 09-29-2015 01:24 AM

Whether Christmas or Halloween, you are ready for fun!

Nice work, Dave

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#4 posted 09-29-2015 08:24 AM

Incredible work,awesome project. I wish if you posted photo with statues inside.I’m sure it looks outstanding.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dave Rutan

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#5 posted 09-29-2015 09:57 AM



Incredible work,awesome project. I wish if you posted photo with statues inside.I m sure it looks outstanding.

- majuvla

Unfortunately, our statues are packed away until after Thanksgiving. When we set them up, I promise to add a photo to this project. They look just like the ones I found a photo of though.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#6 posted 09-30-2015 12:34 AM

Nice addition to your nativity set, Dave!

-- God bless, Candy

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Dave Rutan

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#7 posted 09-30-2015 01:02 AM



Nice addition to your nativity set, Dave!

- CFrye

Only about 10 years in the making!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#8 posted 11-29-2015 10:04 PM

And now that Thanksgiving is over, we’ve placed the project outside with our lighted plastic figures.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#9 posted 11-30-2015 12:03 AM

Very nice, Dave!

-- God bless, Candy

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