I was commissioned to build a creche for one of my Dad’s customers (Well, Dad was commissioned, but I’m “subcontracting” At any rate I’m getting paid to do woodworking, and not resorting to family to supply the cash!)
Before meeting my client, I whipped up a bunch of rough sketches for something simple and rustic. Meanwhile (and unbeknownst to me), he headed on down to one of the big box stores to tell them about his project, and get a materials list. Fortunately one of my designs jived with what he was thinking. So, with materials list in hand, I set out to do up some full-scale drawings to work out the details. Normal half-laps, and some slightly offset, rabbets and stopped dadoes. Nothing short of custom cabinetry!
That was last weekend. Drawing up a set of plans for a roughly 4’x3’x2’ structure (on 12” stilts to keep it above the snow). Worked out the details of the joinery, the detachable roof, worked out how I was going to incorporate lighting, and a plexiglass front (to protect the statues of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, as well as thwart, if not slow down thieves – his request).
Since he lives in a 55+ community I’m trying to do an especially good job – not to just please the customer and myself, (and the condo association.) Hopefully, in the end, some of his neighbors will like what they see and want one too!
Not much to show yet. Just a pile of lumber cut to length, (with some of the joinery done) several pages of sketches, and one really big drawing. Hope to have some pictures worth sharing soon.
Oh, forgot to mention my biggest challenge of the project. I have to build the thing out of dimensional pressure treated lumber.