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Project by Pooka posted 11-22-2015 03:56 PM 802 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mom picked a nativity set up at an antique store. It was made in 1986 and pretty much appeared to be thrown together with some nails and glue (picture #2). It was pretty plain with a smooth white back wall, some posts to hold up the ripped-shingle roof. Mess of sawdust and shavings for the floor. Not too attractive. I think she bought the thing because the pieces that came with it were cool.

So she gave the stable to me to “do something about it.” After toying around with just touch-up stuff like restoring the failing joinery and making the wall look a little more stable-ish, I gave up. The mess sat in the garage for months.

I wanted to get it figured out and returned to her by Thanksgiving so she could have the set up for Christmas decoration time. I bit the bullet this month and ripped the thing apart. I saved the back wall for the structural part, made a new floor, frame, roof and then detailed it. The “rocks” are all wood blocks I made, rusticated and then glued in. The slats on the roof and back wall are the original shingles from the roof. Everything is solid. The floor is a fresh layer of sawdust from the project itself. The thatched roof is pine-needles, trimmed and laid with glue. The aged look is the tried-and-true vinegar+steel wool treatment. Fence is hand-split and glued on as well.

I think she’ll like her upgrade.

-- Slice, whack, smack, bang bang, sploosh, scrape, done.





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Pooka

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#1 posted 11-22-2015 03:59 PM

Can’t figure out why the photos are wonked. I’ll fix that later.

-- Slice, whack, smack, bang bang, sploosh, scrape, done.

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#2 posted 11-22-2015 04:19 PM

Well I just couldn’t let those photos go without putting a little rotation in them. Hope you don’t mind.
That’s a nice thing your doing for your mom! Happy Thanksgiving!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 11-22-2015 05:07 PM

That is a very nice looking stable for a nativity scene.

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 11-22-2015 07:38 PM

You did a nice job on it,

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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

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#5 posted 11-22-2015 08:39 PM

Great job of re-newing them. I remember back in the early 70’s I built a small town that looked like the old buildings located in Knott’s Berry Farm in So. California. Had a ball making them. I ended up turning them into flower pots and they sold very well.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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Pooka

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#6 posted 11-22-2015 09:07 PM

Thanks, Woodshaver. This Chromebook of mine doesn’t do a lot of the basic fiddly stuff I use for pictures.


Well I just couldn t let those photos go without putting a little rotation in them. Hope you don t mind.
That s a nice thing your doing for your mom! Happy Thanksgiving!

- woodshaver


-- Slice, whack, smack, bang bang, sploosh, scrape, done.

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Pooka

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#7 posted 11-28-2015 11:25 AM

Got the pictures fixed (thanks, Woodshaver) and added one of the original. Mom loved the new version.

-- Slice, whack, smack, bang bang, sploosh, scrape, done.

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