Nativity Manger

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Project by Gianni posted 592 days ago 757 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mom’s nativity stable fell to pieces last year so she asked if I could make a new one. The “stone” parts are a piece of plywood that I had in the back of the garage. I drew on the stone pattern with a sharpie and used a V-bit in the router to clear away all the sharpie marks. I hit it with a textured paint then came back with an airbrush to fade the blocks and color the “grout lines.”

The rock patio was a similar technique in different colors, but I did it using a cheap-o 1×12 chunk. For that one I used a jigsaw to cut along the outer edge of blocks to give it a little interest. The remainder of the pieces are 1×1 and 1x about 1/4 strips that I ripped on the table saw, then cut into different length pieces and “beat up” with a chamfer bit on the router table to give them a rough look.

Roof is hardboard with spanish moss glued on. Come to think of it, the moss was basically the only non-wood material used in the entire project.

All in all, I think everyone is pretty happy in there. Finished size was pretty large to match up with her nativity set. It’s probably around 16 wide and maybe 14 high at the peak.

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#1 posted 592 days ago

Really nice job,it turned out great.

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#2 posted 592 days ago

nice job- i’m sure she loved it!

-- Greg Simon

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#3 posted 592 days ago


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#4 posted 591 days ago

Great looking manger! Like the design and technique used on the stone parts, really looked real.


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#5 posted 591 days ago

Strikingly beautiful . Great manger! Thank you for posting.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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