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Project by richgreer posted 09-10-2011 08:10 PM 4917 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In you have seen some of my recent projects you know I have been doing quite a few things for my church. This is another church based project. Like the other projects, it is done with oak and a bloodwood trim. In this case, a strip of bloodwood forms “racing strips” on the sides of the post.

Thanks to advice I received on this website, I cut the t-tracks directly into the wood with a router. I had to make a special jig to get the curved t-track right. The top tilts and the raises and lowers very smoothly.

Woodworkers will appreciate knowing that the top is attached with a sliding dovetail to accommodate any movement. I also put a dowel through the top and into the curved piece to stabilize it.

Stain is golden oak and the finish is a 50/50 mix of glossy and satin rub on poly.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 09-10-2011 08:16 PM

Wonderful piece. I’m always amazed what can be created from wood. This piece has dynamic movement at it pivot points. Good work.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#2 posted 09-10-2011 09:40 PM

Great to see it finished, Rich. How think did you finally get the top and how did you arrive at that final thickness?

-- jay,

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#3 posted 09-10-2011 09:52 PM

In response to Jay. The top is .3” thick. That is just a hair thinner than 5/16”. How did I decided on that thickness? It just looked and felt right.

The bottom piece is a little thicker. It is hard to see, but I cut a groove (.2” deep) into the bottom piece to set the back piece in to. It may have been overkill, but I also ran a reinforcement piece across the back at the bottom. The finished product is a little thicker than I originally planned, but I would rather error on the side of solid.

As an FYI – The only non-wood components are the knobs and the bolts they screw on to. I’m a real anti-hardware guy.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 09-11-2011 03:09 AM

Beautifully done. Looks aesthetically nice and sturdy too. I did one of these and felt I was travelling in the dark most of the time.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 09-11-2011 08:08 AM

Looks nice, and looks functional. A lot of embellishment is not needed…...

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 09-11-2011 10:37 AM

Very nice. I too like the lack of hardware.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#7 posted 09-11-2011 07:25 PM

Very nice . Tons better than anything you can buy in a store. I am sure your church will cherish the work yo have been doing their for generations to come.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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