|Building a Nativity Stable|
The fold up cedar stable I purchased for my Nativity Scene showed great signs of wear after about five years of service, thus I began considering building a replacment that would prove more durable.
While surfing the forums at PlanetChristmas, I found someone had posted a link for some free creche plans. However the dimensions of it were huge (over five feet wide). Thus I adapted the plans I found (but are no longer online) to suit my needs.
Non lumber materials needed
*an inlet is an outlet with prongs that the female end of an extension cord can put into. They are common on the outside of RVs and travel trailers.
DISCLAIMERThe cutting involves using a table saw. Be sure to undertand how to use a table saw safely before proceeding.
Flip the base over and place an L bracket across each joint. This will reinforce the rabbet joint as the 4x4s will be top heavy until they are based.
Place a 48 inch 4x4 into each post bracket and secure with screws.
Secure the 4x4s into place by nailing the pieces of 1x6 into place at the top. The back does not receive a piece.
Basic assembly is complete. It does not have a roof. The reason for this is so you can flip the stable over and carry it on your shoulders for set-up and take down. I plan to add a roof in time and will ammend this page when that happens.
DisclaimerThis section could be hazardous. Please understand how electricity works before proceeding.
Cut the piece of conduit into four sections each six inches long. (if you can find a 5 foot piece of conduit or are able to buy it by the foot, go ahead.)
Place a male adapter onto both horizontal ends of three of the junction boxes and one end of each of the other two boxes. Plug any unused holes with plugs supplied.
Run three strands of wire between each box (one of each color).
Make the hookups to the outlets. Put the inlet on one end-preferrably on the end nearest to where the extension cord will plug in.
Secure outlets into box and install covers.