Building The Altar of Mt. Carmel

Adding the Structural Cradle

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I think I’ve already mentioned the challenge of building an 8′ altar in a space that’s 9′ wide … When adding the structural cradle today, I was very glad of the nice weather so I could roll the work out into the back alley and complete it without the studio’s space limitations.

Every Woodworker Says It …

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… and they’re right—There are never enough clamps for a project. Although the altar’s bottom corners went together incredibly well, getting an even pressure on each glue seam takes a lot of setup. I’m now wondering if the studio may need to invest in additional clamps before the project is done.

Table Stone Found

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It’s been a long search, but today I finally found the most beautiful stone slab for altar’s table outside Calgary.

Fitting the Altar’s Structure

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Mocking up the altar’s structure (and holding it together with straps.)

Picking Structural Lumber (Attempt #2)

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Loading up all the lumber needed for building the structure of the altar (with my wife’s car!)

Building a Workshop Table

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One of the problems I’m facing in making this altar is my need for more space. Currently, my woodworking space is only 9 feet wide, and with the altar being 8 feet wide, I needed to devise a way of getting around it. My solution was to build a table for the workshop that I