|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 09-28-2015 07:30 PM||1687 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
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!