Introduction: The Holy Family of Jesus Mary and Joseph
Had some time this weekend and a desire to build something new and interesting. So, went ahead and created this masterpiece using some free pallet wood.
Step 1: 3D Design
Before getting our hands dirty with sawdust, lets design the 3D version of this project to get all the measurements correct.
All my flat-pallet-planks are 9.5cm wide. Since my plan is to put 6 x pallet planks side by side to create the roof, I need 2 x 60cm long wooden planks to hold these 6 x pallet planks on them. The top of these base planks will be cut at 30° angle. These two base planks will be placed 13cm apart from each other.
I will create 2 of these to create the roof of this project.
Next, I will add some support in the middle of these to hold them nice and tight next to each other.
The legs will be 10cm long and will stick to the roof's base planks at 30° angle.
The top of all back-planks will be cut at 30° angle.
For the base I will cut 3 x (9.5cm x 58cm) pallet planks. The entire setup will sit on these three pallet planks.
Aright, enough of talking, let start cutting the planks.
Step 2: Sanding
After dismantling the pallet I extracted all the nails from the pallet planks. My aim is to reuse all the nails used in building this pallet so that, I can use them in building my project. After that, I sanded the pallet planks to give them a nice and smooth texture.
Step 3: Assembling the Top
To cut the 30° angle I am using a jig of 30° one side and 45° on the other side. I adjusted the miter saw to 15° angle and then placed the pallet plank next to the 45° side of the jig and then drop the saw.
Next, I extracted the 13cm planks that will separate the two 60cm planks.
After that, it was time for me to apply some wood glue and join all the planks to create the base of the roof. Since the clamps I have are not wide enough to hold these cutouts, I used some pavers to hold the planks together.
Once the setup dried up, I add the 6 x flat-pallet-planks on top of the base planks. I also added few nails to hold the planks firmly against the base.
Then, using wood glue I joined the two sides of the roof and left it for drying overnight.
Step 4: Adding Supports to the Top
I started a bit early next morning as I was super excited to finish this project and install the "The Holy Family of Jesus Mary and Joseph" next to my Christmas Tree.
After making sure that the setup is all dry, I added the inner support to hold the two sides of the roof nice and tight to each other.
Step 5: Adding the Legs
As per the 3D model, my setup has 4 x 10cm long legs attached to the roof's base planks at a 30° angle.
Using the previously shown jig, I am cutting the 30° angle from the planks.
Then using wood glue I attached the 4 legs to the base of the roof.
It totally depends on you, whether you want to have these legs or not. If you want, you can cut the bottom of the base plank to 45° angle and then glue the roof straight to the base plate.
Step 6: Creating the Back
As discussed earlier, the 'top' of all the back-pallet-planks are going to have a 30° angle. So, I went ahead and used my jig to cut the 30° angle from all the pallet plank cutouts.
After extracting all the 6 planks I glued them to the back of the hut.
After making sure that the planks are firm enough, I left them overnight for drying without any intervention.
Step 7: Getting the Base Sorted
The base was the easiest one to extract.
Using a tape measure, I measured 3 x 58cm blocks and then went ahead and dropped the saw.
Then using wood glue, I joined the 3 blocks and placed a paver on it and left it for drying.
After almost 3hrs of drying, I glued the top section to the base plate.
Well, that's all from the woodworking side, now its time to PAINT the masterpiece.
Step 8: Coloring
Now to create the figurines, I googled "Baby Jesus Silhouette" and picked up the easiest one from the list.
Then I carved them all using Amazon cardboard boxes.
Next, with the help of my little monster, we painted the masterpiece.
Activities like this excites the young ones and keeps them busy. It also helps in their brain development and increases their love towards creativity.
It was a fun project for us, hope you guys like it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...
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