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Offline ForumMFG

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Nativity Stable Project
« on: December 01, 2019, 10:29 AM »
Has anymore ever built a large outdoor nativity stable?  I am looking for some ideas.  Last night my wife and I found a beautiful nativity set and bought it.  We had been looking for years but just couldn’t afford any of the decently made ones until now.  Average size of these figures are 30-36” tall and there are 11 of them.   This needs to be a decent sized stable so my goal is to build it in such a way that makes it easy to assemble and disassemble each year.   I did some searches on google and really didn’t find too many examples. 

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Offline ForumMFG

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Re: Nativity Stable Project
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2019, 10:32 AM »
It you have made a large stable before please feel free to share your photos and any information about it. 

One unrelated question to woodworking, the manufacturer of this nativity is stating that each figure should have a UV sealer applied to it, brushed on, no sprayed.   But they don’t mention any recommended products.   Would anyone happen to know which product i can use on paint?  Im not sure exactly what type of paint was used, i fear if i use just any paint it may damage it.

Offline JimH2

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Re: Nativity Stable Project
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2019, 10:24 PM »
I have a blow mold nativity set and make a stable each year out of scavenged pallets. It’s very primitive given the quality of the wood, but it makes it more authentic. Mine are intentionally made to be single season use.

The toughest part is taking apart the pallets. Some have nails that require enough force to break the slat being removed. Different pallets are easier or tougher to take apart. Get several more than you think you will need.

Mine are assembled with air gun staples and a few screws.

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Re: Nativity Stable Project
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2019, 11:23 PM »
Thats a great idea.  I work at a cabinet shop and we have dozens and dozens of pallets in the back.  Ill have to consider that.  Do you happen to have any pictures of yours that you can share?

Offline JMcFly

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Re: Nativity Stable Project
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2019, 09:59 PM »
I have a blow mold nativity set and make a stable each year out of scavenged pallets. It’s very primitive given the quality of the wood, but it makes it more authentic. Mine are intentionally made to be single season use.

The toughest part is taking apart the pallets. Some have nails that require enough force to break the slat being removed. Different pallets are easier or tougher to take apart. Get several more than you think you will need.

Mine are assembled with air gun staples and a few screws.


Sawzall with a demolition blade will cut through the nails without issue saving the plank. I must have broken down a few hundred pallets that way. Then tap the nail remains out with a punch and hammer.. boom insta pallet wood

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Nativity Stable Project
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2019, 03:58 AM »
There are some tools for easing the task of deconstructing pallets. Search YT for them, there are many variations on this. Izzy Swan had one powered by a cordless drill that he shows how to make in a video them later came out with a manufactured version.

There are also some crowbar styled tools made for pallets.



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Re: Nativity Stable Project
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2019, 09:00 AM »
That first video is incredible.  So fast.