Small Hindu Temple

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Introduction: Small Hindu Temple

Recently I made a portable Hindu temple as a present for my mother. Something that is easy to carry it in a big suitcase.

Overall it took me around 2-3 weeks from gathering the wood from a local lumber store to finishing with the final coat.

I used my favorite American Cherry for the top and base of the temple.

Step 1: Raw Materials

  • Crown Molding (American Cherry)
  • 4 ft of Cherry 1x6
  • Thin table legs
  • Finial 3-1/4'' x 1-1/2'' Birch Turned Finial
  • Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue
  • Sandpaper - 80,120, 220 and 400 grits
  • General Finishes Arm R Seal Top Coat (Semi Gloss)
  • Nails
  • Mitre saw

Step 2: Cutting the Crown Molding (build the Top of the Temple)

Cutting the crown molding was not only frustating but scary as well. Plan was to cut

  • 2 pieces of 1ft (front and back)
  • 2 pieces of 6 inches (sides)

Each piece needed 1 Outside Right and 1 Outside Left crown molding cuts

For Outside Right cut, I used mitre saw following settings:

  • Top against mitre fence
  • Right piece is keeper
  • Bevel Left at 33.9 deg
  • Mitre Right at 31.6 deg

For Outside Left cut,

  • Bottom against mitre fence
  • Right piece is keeper
  • Bevel Left at 33.9 deg
  • Mitre Left at 31.6 deg

Following website was very useful in guiding and understanding with crown molding angles

How to Cut Crown Molding using easy Templates

Step 3: Building the Temple Top

  • Glue the Crown Moldings
  • Attach a small piece of cherry board to fit the top
  • To fill the gaps between the edges, I prepared a mix of saw dust and glue and applied it with hand

Step 4:

Cut the legs to 1 ft each

Step 5: Basic Structure

  • Glue the legs and base boards
  • Glue and nail the top as well

Step 6: Sand and Finish It...

  1. Sand it with 80,120, 220 grit till smoothness desired
  2. Then apply General finishes Arm-R-Seal Semi Gloss coat
  3. Few hours later light sanding with 400 grit paper
  4. Repeat Step 2 and 3 multiple times

Step 7: Sun It Up

Glue the finials

Kept it in the sun as Cherry gets darker and richer with sunlight till the desired color

Step 8: Voila!

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    This is so perfect because we are looking for a mandir/temple EXACTLY like this for our home. Do you think it would be possible to customize the size to make it more square? About how much money would you say you used to make this mandir?

    I like the way you used the existing shapes of the material to build something new.

    I've been wanting to make something like this for a while now, so I'll keep this instructable in mind when I get to it (so many nice projects to make and so little time...)

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    That looks very nice. You should enter this into the wood working contest that is currently running.

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