It has taken me longer than I thought, but the lower portion of our home altar is nearly finished. Here are some pictures.
Some details and decorations still need to be added. I will even out the colour of the wood with some aniline dyes (different from stains. Stains are basically a thin paint, and they tend to obscure grain.) I am using hand tools to build the piece, as is my wont. On the whole, it is going well.
It is rather small, but if I am to stick to the plan, or at least the photograph, and preserve the proportions, I need to keep it small, or it will not fit in my house. I am also constrained by the wood I find and the lengths in which I find it. The longest boards I dig up are a little under four feet long, which means the longest parts of the altar have to be under four feet long.
We have decided to dedicate the altar to the Holy Family. Perhaps I will combine the altar with a few kneelers and the organ I am building to make a small chapel in the basement. If I had time and money enough. I would build one of these for the Holy Family. However, I am broke, and I doubt the landlords would appreciate us making the addition.
Soon I will begin work on the superstructure of the altar. I will take photographs when there is something to show.