Baptismal Table

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Project by Corrigithian posted 07-10-2010 12:34 AM 2759 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was designed and built to go in front of the sanctuary at a local church. The table is in the shape of a cross with a baptismal bowl in the center. There are 4 inlaid veneer diamonds, at the pastors request, one at the end of each arm of the cross. These represent the wounds of Christ; the hands pierced separately, the feet pierced together and the side pierced. There is also an inlaid ring in the center of the table which holds the baptismal bowl; this ring is to represent the crown of thorns. The top is made of weighty thick planks and is very plain, because the cross can speak for itself; it doesnt need to be dressed up. The intricate framework underneath however was designed to elevate and display the cross as a ring setting displays a diamond, which is something of great value.

The two arched interlocking grids underneath give the table its strength and at the same time act as a nice design feature. I stopped the reverse taper legs several inches from the bottom of the table top to give the actual top more of a dominant appearance.

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#1 posted 07-10-2010 01:36 AM

I’m very impressed with your designs and beautiful work.

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#2 posted 07-10-2010 02:14 AM

Beautiful job. welcome to LJ!!

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#3 posted 07-10-2010 02:14 AM

This is a very unique design and it is beautiful. I am impressed!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 07-10-2010 03:12 AM

That is a beautiful piece. Well done!

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#5 posted 07-10-2010 03:15 AM

Welcome to Ljs
This is a unique and beautiful design so very well done.

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#6 posted 07-10-2010 03:19 AM

Exquisite detail and design. Excellent work and craftsmanship. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#7 posted 07-10-2010 03:36 AM

Beautiful work!!! So who won the Fine Woodworking Contest. I believe yours was in the “Finals”. I tried to find out but got all mixed up on their Site trying to find out..LOL….

Welcome to Lumner Jocks! Look forward to seeing more of your work!!


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#8 posted 07-10-2010 04:22 AM


I’ve already seen this…was it posted here before??? or somewhere else?

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#9 posted 07-10-2010 05:34 AM

Wow even a Credo-Baptist can appreatiate it!

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#10 posted 07-10-2010 10:42 AM

Beautiful design ! Very nice.


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#11 posted 07-10-2010 11:17 AM

great design and beautifull job

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#12 posted 07-11-2010 03:48 AM

What an honor to be able to build something for your church! that must be pretty cool knowing that its gonna be used quite often in a church like that. but how did you get the job?

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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#13 posted 07-11-2010 04:07 AM

The piece wasn’t actually built for my church. A lot of pieces that I design and build subtly incorporate crosses in them to represent Christ. This church had a donation by a member to have a new table made, and one of the Elders in the church is a big fan of my work. I met with the leadership of the church about it and came up with a design that had a lot of symbolism in it, that also fit their particular church well.

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#14 posted 07-11-2010 06:13 PM

Stunning design!

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#15 posted 07-11-2010 10:06 PM

Very nice design, excellent work!

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