Folding Prie Dieu

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Project by Ron Aylor posted 08-18-2016 05:48 PM 1615 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Folding prie dieu made for the Hispanic Missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.

Constructed of solid English Oak and Jatoba, finished with several coats of tung oil.

100% unplugged, 75 hours using a variety of hand tools including hand saws, chisels, hand planes, rasps, files, card scrapers. and brace and bit.

Currently being carried all over Atlanta!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#1 posted 08-18-2016 07:47 PM

First of all, welcome to LJ’s. I’m sure that you will find it as helpful and inspirational as I have.
Secondly, been looking over both of your Prie Dieu submissions while the glue dries and am impressed with both. I am assuming that you don’t like to “drink” wine which is OK as I prefer my spirits distilled (I do hope that was not the sacramental wine supply that you used)

I was most inspired by this folding version thinking that some of our old “kneelers” needed to be redone to match the other altar furniture yet could be folded up and placed out of the way when things get to crowded as they often do in a small church. Thanks for the inspiration.

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

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#2 posted 08-18-2016 11:46 PM

Very nice looking—love the details and workmanship!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 08-21-2016 01:10 AM

Nice job!

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#4 posted 10-12-2016 11:06 AM

Thanks for the comments!

I failed to mention when I first posted; the Jatoba butterflies are not the typical 1/8” to 1/4” thick … I made these to go all the way through the two pieces of 4/4 English Oak as to be seen from both top and bottom. Quite a challenge as the gap between the oak pieces is from 1/32” to 3/16” from one side to the other. I did this to represent the many historical and current schisms within the church.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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