Delivered the creche this weekend, nearly complete. The woodworking aspects took longer than I expected, but not so bad that I was losing money on my time. The non-woodworking aspects however were another story.
I cut two kerfs on the insides of both legs, pre-glueup, to slide in a piece of plexiglass (the cutomers request), to protect the statues. Didn’t have one at the bottom or top (planned on using hidden screws at the top) to help hold it in place. I was to also put a piece of tuftex (wavy, smoky colored, transparent plastic panels used in roofing) on the roof to help protect it from rain and snow.
I expected the plexi would be no prob, and was a little worried about the tuftex. The tuftex cut with snips with no issues, also had special screws with rubber gaskets built into the heads that worked like a charm (did it add to the rustic look of the overall structure? A nice appropriate looking place for the baby Jesus to be born in? Well, no. But would it keep his statues clean and dry, and protected for decades to come? for sure!
The plexi on the other hand, proved more problematic. Took me a half hour or so to botch the first piece. Had the 2nd cut for me (which I managed to break anyhow) so I took a third run over, bright and early, to pop off the top, swap out the plexi, make a couple modifications to better hold in the plexi, and speed off.
Total pit stop time, less than five minutes, and despite using a drill and my brad nailer in a 55+ community, I didn’t seem to attract any attention.
Now I can relax and call my project complete. I learned a lot with this one. I’ll post it in the lumberjocks forum soon. Want to take another drive over, and get some pictures when he has it all set up.