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Extreme Mailbox Renovation

I have to admit that I went a bit overboard on this one. My original intention was to simply fix a loose door on my mailbox, and this is the result. All cedar with handcut and fitted shingles, and front porch with “glass” windows.

I wanted to see how the finish would hold up so these photos are after it’s been in use about 2 years. The roof was recoated one time. I used exterior epiphames and am very pleased with how well it has aged and held up.

Better yet, nobody has stolen it!

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Chapel stool

Here is a small stepping stool for use in the chapel. I was shown some samples and given some dimensions. I got to work, did a quick hand sketch, and drew it up in Sketchup. Here’s what I ended up with after seeing a photo up on Fine Woodworking.


Finished stool, about 14″ x 10″ x 5″, made from red oak.
Defect was filled with EnviroTex Lite epoxy.
Aprons were dominoed into the legs.
Corner detail.
Squared legs were marked up with French curves and cut out on my band saw. Notice the radiating grain on the knee.
Bottom of each leg was chamfered.
Really nice proportions, I think.

I finished with General Finishes brown mahogany dye stain, shellac, and High Performance Gloss topcoats. Finish has nice depth. 

Total shop time about 8-10 hours. 

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Portable Altar for Father Mike

This is a recently completed portable altar. It was a total prototype after discussions with Father Mike on what he wanted. Probably have 80 hours into it total, maybe more. A lot of thought and trial and error went into how the 4 wings would fold up and how the 2 lower wings would be supported. I think it turned out pretty well. As you can see it won first place in the Craftsman’s class of the Woodworker’s Guild of Georgia showing, held during the Woodworking Show in Norcross, GA. early March 2015.

Portable altar for Father Mike
Portable altar for Father Mike

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Creche dedication at Georgia State Capital building in Atlanta, GA

CrecheThis creche, located in the rotunda at the State Capital building in downtown Atlanta, GA., was dedicated yesterday December 23, 2014 by Archbishop Wilton Gregory (on the right). It was built by Eagle Scout Patrick Smith (on the left) for an Eagle Scout project. Religious exhibits like this are allowed in public places.

Patrick needed some advise on how to build the creche, so he came over to the shop and we sketched up a plan and steps to follow, and a materials list. I didn’t do any of the actual work, but I was happy to help any way I could.

Patrick is a terrific young man. Read his letter, it’s really cool!

Capitol letter

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Sacristy table

This table was built with unusually long legs to accommodate a tall altar cloth container underneath. The table is sturdily built with a pleasing undercut beveled overhang to maximize surface area. This table was challenging in that a dark stain was used along with an inlay that could not be stained. The water based finish is a high urethane semi-gloss and will provide protection for many years to come. Custom dimensions are available to fit specific needs.

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Altar made with red oak A2 plain sliced plywood, and air dried quarter sawn red oak, with 24 way red oak match veneer sunburst. Red oak columns, capitals and carvings (hand carved), and crown gilding were done by Jorge Posada. Gold accents by Shannon Pable.

Altar in Mary Mother of the Eucharist chapel at the Catholic Church of St. Monica in Duluth, GA.


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Holy water fonts

This interesting project was the result of being asked to install these 2 solid brass holy water fonts at the entrance to the chapel. The finish matches the dye/stain water based finish used on the altar and interior of the chapel itself. They were mounted with a theft resistant security hanger system from ArtRight purchased on Amazon. It was a challenge to mount the fonts because the backs were not flat at all, and both were different. I used clear rubber bumpers to even it out so the font sat against the wood. They won’t prevent someone from stealing them, but it is a great deterrent.