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Christmas Creche for the Front Yard

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Project by OttoH posted 11-28-2010 07:45 PM 3319 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Crèche for our front yard that I built a few years ago needed a total rebuild this year, so I spent a day tearing it down, removing nearly every board and reassembling it, in a much sturdier fashion. It is made out of pressure treated 2×4’s and Cedar fence boards. The figures are ½ scale so the Crèche was built on a ½ scale to accommodate everything as well. The Crèche is 6 feet long and 4 ½ feet tall. When the Christmas season is over we carry it to the back yard and enjoy it all year as the center piece of one of our gardens.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD





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matt garcia

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 07:48 PM

Very authentic!! Nice job, Otto!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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JJohnston

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 08:02 PM

You’ve gotten a rustic look without the “cheap” that often goes with it (one of my neighbors, for example, built his out of OSB. I’m pretty sure there wasn’t any in biblical times).

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 08:06 PM

Nice Otto.
What are the figures made from?
They look carved.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 08:58 PM

Looks real good
I’d like to do something like that
Where did you get the figures?

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#5 posted 11-28-2010 09:33 PM

Great looking and nice to see a tribute to our savior.

-- Dan Wiggins

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OttoH

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#6 posted 11-28-2010 09:44 PM

Thanks everyone. The figurines are made from a resin called Polystone. I purchased them at the local Hobby Lobby Store. Quite often they have the Nativity Figurines at half price, which includes the larger ones, so I got all of them at a decent price. I put wall anchors in the bottom of the figures and bolted them to the deck, and of course to prevent the theft of the Baby Jesus he has been glued to the manger with epoxy Gorilla Glue.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#7 posted 11-28-2010 09:56 PM

Man this is really nice, storing it must be a chore. Great work and Merry Christmas.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 11-28-2010 11:07 PM

nice job

-- Daniel - http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 11-29-2010 03:04 AM

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
Tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 11-29-2010 06:38 PM

very nice job.
Chuck

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