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    Building the altar- Major problem

    After I did what finish work I could for today I started on the altar. I already turned the chalice and the host and I bleached the host when I did the dove so I just need to gild the chalice. Here are the four legs cut to size and with the tapers cut in them these are made of 8/4 and are 30" tall and 8" at the bottom 4" at the top. Hopefully I'll get the rest of the base cut tomarrow as well as a second coat of finish on the cross.
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    just a side note wrestling 1-" wide 8/4 maple will build up you forearms.
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    So will pecan!

    Your just crusing along.

    What was the reason for the bleaching?

    Are you going to split the chalice in half to mount it on the front of the altar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Bienlein View Post
    What was the reason for the bleaching?

    Are you going to split the chalice in half to mount it on the front of the altar?
    I did the bleaching to make the dove and the host white , what else. I didn't want to paint them and felt that paint would cover up the wood grain and not look as good. I was right.

    I already have sliced the chalice on the band saw.
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    Impressive! Those are some heavy chunks of maple. Keep working out with those and you could be a governor some day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    just a side note wrestling 1-" wide 8/4 maple will build up you forearms.
    yup, especially when those 1 inch wide boards are 8 inches thick...
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    still watchun over your shoulder don
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    I did the bleaching to make the dove and the host white , what else. I didn't want to paint them and felt that paint would cover up the wood grain and not look as good. I was right.

    I already have sliced the chalice on the band saw.
    I'm getting ready to make a chalice and host plaque. I'm contemplating slicing then taping together with double sided tape and then turning. Did you slice after turning? If so, how did you do it accurately?
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    frank i would say your method of tape or paper and glue is the safest way to get uniform slice..
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