Oak Cabinet for Holy Oils

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Project by jack1 posted 466 days ago 1285 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is a new requirement that holy oils used to anoint the sick have to be kept in a separate cabinet in Catholic Churches. I was given a picture with rough measurements and asked to make one…

I bought a 9’ x 3/4” x 11 1/2” red oak board from my local Home Depot. After letting it set for a couple weeks I went to work on making the door, sides, top and bottom. It was a little challenging in that the top and bottom are matching isosceles trapezoids and as I said I was given a picture with rough measurements. Since this is going to hang on a wall with a fair amount of weight in it, I decided to use pocket screws all around and plugged the pocket holes after assembly.

I got a pair of flat brass hinges for the door as well as one of the fish knobs I bought a few years back and inset a rare earth magnet in the door and side frame to keep the door closed. The wood was stained with Min-Wax Early American and a hand rubbed wax finish is on top of that.

The cabinet measures 27” tall x 17” wide x 11” deep. I had glass for the door and sides as well as a mirror on the back to highlight whatever goes inside cut at a local shop. I also had 1/4” tempered glass for the two adjustable trapezoid shelves cut as well.

The vases inside are just to see how things look. They don’t keep holy oils in kitty bottles… ;0)

Thanks for looking.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#1 posted 466 days ago

Beautiful work Jack.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 466 days ago

Well done Jack. I think that the Church will be quite pleased with your work.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 466 days ago

very nice reliquary jack

should be a nice addition toy your church

good to see you posting projects again

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 466 days ago

nice work Jack!

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#5 posted 466 days ago

looks nice…I like the knob.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 466 days ago

A wonderful project for a great cause. Looks like it will hold its contents elegantly and securely for many years.
Good work.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#7 posted 466 days ago

Jack, A great project going to a wonderful home. Oak is hard to beat.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#8 posted 466 days ago


The correct terminology fro this cabinet is to call it an ambry. I have built three myself for the three churches where my father-in-law has been a Catholic priest. Don’t ask, it’s along story. Anyway, very nice work.

-- Shawn DuGay, Wallingford, CT

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#9 posted 466 days ago

Impressive workmanship. Clean looking

-- Grandpaj

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#10 posted 464 days ago

Beautiful cabinet for the holy oils!! Nice job, Jack!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#11 posted 314 days ago

Beautiful job. Is it possible to get a pattern for this ambry?

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