Building The Altar of Mt. Carmel

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

Structural Wood Failure

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After letting the structural wood dry over the weekend, I’m faced with a significant problem. Every length of the lumber I prepared has twisted, warped, and bowed (as you can see from the winding sticks, which should be parallel but definitely aren’t!) While I could probably pull the wood straight using lag screws, this wouldn’t

Drying Structural Wood

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With the cutting and planning finished the wood now needs to be dried. Since it was being stored outside, its moisture content is very high, and I’m hoping I can help get it dry enough to use fairly quickly (hence the fan in the bottom of the photo.)