|Project by Amoc||posted 04-22-2013 03:01 PM||987 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
A friend asked if I could make a manger for his daughter. The one condition was that I had to build it so that a 9 inch camel would be in proportion. I spent some time researching what a manger really looked like for that period. I built this using a standard 2×4 and then ripping it into 3/4×3/4 beams. Over length and width is 15×15 and at the center of the roof it stand at 18 inches. In the rafter to give it more, I used two battery powered tea lights that I drilled holes into the mounting big enough for the bulbs to fit into and then mounted with the bulbs pointing down. When you turn the lights off and the tea lights on they flicker as if you has an actual oil lantern going. The roof I made to be able to be removed by using alignment pins and used the wood planer to sacrificed a board for shavings. I applied a thick coat of wood glue. Then after it dried I applied a very thick amount of stained poly. The floor I used saw dust from the table saw and then after it dried I used spray paint to make it look like mud. I added a few extra’s like birds, a sheep, and even a wooden bucket. This was harder than I first thought it was going to be. The more I got into it the more I wanted it to look authentic.
-- Ken from Ft Hood, TX