I am grateful for the day at home and the chance to reflect on the glorious benefit of the eternal stability of God to those who rely on Him.
He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. Psalm 91:4
Down toward the end of the time before Jesus’ arrest (which, from this, we know He clearly saw coming) we see this protective heart of God revealed at work in Him on our behalf.
Just at that time some Pharisees approached, saying to Him, “Go away, leave here, for Herod wants to kill You.” And He said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach My goal.’ Nevertheless I must journey on today and tomorrow and the next day; for it cannot be that a prophet would perish outside of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it! Behold, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you, you will not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’” Luke 13:31-35
I am grateful for the rain on this spring day, preparing the soil to support the season’s new growth.
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence. Psalm 91:3
Changing minds and hearts is often a slow process. Changing myheart and mind is a slow process. My enemy may lay traps for me in my circumstances, to be sure. But more insidious are the snares laid in my own beliefs that as yet have not been conformed completely to the truth. I thank You Holy Spirit that You are come to guide into all the Truth (John 16:13) and that the Truth is setting me free (John 8:32). What a powerful Agent of Deliverance You are!
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. – Psalm 91:1
Father, whatever I can imagine, You far surpass. Anything I observe, You created. The loftiest human endeavor, the most beauty I have seen with my eyes, the highest aspects of my character (even after being redeemed by You), the most magnificent melody, these are all fall short of You by an infinite measure. Thank you for revealing as much of Yourself as I am able to take in!
Thank you Lord, that You are our shelter. Thank You that Your blood covers our sin. Thank You that I am hidden in You and that I am protected from the enemy by the great I Am. Majesty and mystery are Yours and Your deep secrets past our finding out. Yet you reveal Your love to us and draw us near.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. Psalm 42:11
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
Psalm 91 contains many things worth meditating on. As you think in your heart, so you become. (Proverbs 23:7, Romans 12:1 – a bad example and a good one.) Let these transform you.
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
I am grateful, Lord, for revelations of Your majesty! In the eyes of the one who dares to examine the smallest part of Your mighty works, You leave no doubt of Your power. Nor will the one who seeks refuge in You fail to understand that You are strong to save! You overcome those who hate us on Your account. You draw us close to You in safety. Blessed are we, in You!
Keeping a promise, today will complete a short series on making a doll bed for my granddaughter. Here is a link to the previous installment.
The four mortised bed posts are seen in the photo above, and four identical cross pieces are required with a matching tenon cut on each end. I did not capture a picture, but all of these have to have a slot cut on the inside centerline to inset the plywood that makes the closed head- and foot-boards. It is tempting to want to cut this slot with the dado blade on the table saw, and that could work for the cross pieces where the cut extends from end to end. For the bed posts, the slot is limited to the area between the mortises. I cut these slots 3/16″ deep with 1/4″ straight router bit. Because it is really difficult to get a saw setup to match the router setup exactly, I cut all the slots with the router. These can be done with only the top and bottom guides to keep the cut in the center of the board. One just has to be careful not to cut past the mortise on the posts.
The picture above shows the glue up of the foot-board with the plywood captured in the slot. One should always test fit all assemblies without glue. Once satisfied that it goes together correctly, then add glue to the mortise and tenon joints only. The plywood inset floats freely in the slots, allowing for expansion and contraction with humidity and temperature without splitting or cracking.
The bed rails in my design are painted angle iron. I welded a bracket on the end to take a screw to hold the whole bed together. This allows the bed to be broken down flat for storage. It would be perfectly acceptable to make these out of wood, but then I would not have gotten to practice with my new flux wire welder! Besides, I had the angle laying around from a previous project. The bottom deck is the same 3/16″ plywood that is inset in the head- and foot-boards.
The side rails are made from the same 1×2″ oak as the rest, except they are ripped in half to give a 3/4″ by 3/4″ finished cross section. In between five vertical 3/8″ dowels are glued in to complete the rails. Holes for the dowels were drilled using a drill press, so the depth is easily controlled. The rails are mounted to the head- and foot-boards with dowels that are glued into the rails but not into the bed posts. This arrangement allows for disassembly for flat storage.
Finally, the finish (after some light sanding) consists of two coats of a simple wipe-on poly. I like this type of finish for items that get wear and tear because it can be refreshed to deal with scratches with a light sanding and a new coat.
I am grateful for the protection afforded us by the armor of God, that You Lord, are our defense.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. – Ephesians 6:12-13
Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? – Psalm 27:1
In my last post, I offered to give a description of the process of making a doll bed (crib) for my grand daughter, so here goes…
Her doll is nearly two feet tall, so that sets the basic scale for the project. You might notice that the mattress is a queen-size pillow. The head- and foot-boards are 1″x2″ oak assembled with mortise and tenon joints. The inserts are 1/8″ oak plywood. The basic tools are a table saw (including a dado blade set used to cut the tenons), a plunge router for making the mortises, and for rabbiting the grooves to hold the plywood. I also used a drill press to make holes for dowels used in the crib rails
The more non-obvious part of the process comprises making and using a jig to guide the router, so that is what I will concentrate on here.
The mortising jig has the simple function of guiding the router so that you can end up with mortises in the center of the edge of the 1×2 bed posts. Centering is critical, so that the cross members align with the upright ones. In the picture above, you can see the workpiece clamped in between two scrap lengths of 2×8 lumber that I had laying around. On top of those are other scrap pieces carefully aligned and screwed down to limit the travel of the router. There is no vertical movement, and only enough freedom for horizontal movement to get the correct width of the mortise. The upper and side limits are only attached to the top 2×8, so that when the clamps are loosened, the work piece can be moved or a new one inserted.
In the second photo, you can see the router in position in the jig, and the limited freedom to move sideways. It always takes me some trial and error on some scrap pieces to get the jig-fine tuned to give a good result.
This third photo shows the finished mortise. Using a 3/8″ router bit gives the right proportion for 3/4″ stock. Note the alignment marks on the jig. These are needed to get the vertical spacing right on each post when clamping the workpiece. Many passes are made with the router, each slightly increasing the depth. As long as the jig is a snug fit, this process will give a nice mortise with a snug fit and avoid overheating the router bit.
The cross pieces have a tenon cut to fit into the mortises on the bed posts. I did this cross-cut work with a dado blade in my table saw. (A dado blade set consists of two saw blades separated by a group of “chippers” that remove the material between the two blades.) I used the full 3/4″ width of my blade to minimize the number of passes. The material removed is controlled by the height of the blade, set to exactly 3/16″, leaving a 3/8″ thick tenon. Passing through the saw has to be done carefully to get all four cuts to align exactly. I clamp a block to my guide fence to serve as a starting guide for the length of the tenon. This is much safer than allowing the end of the tenon to drag along the fence while going through the blade. A little sanding is all that is required to get the square tenon to fit in the round mortise made by the router bit.
I took the picture above to demonstrate the fit while the bed post was still in the mortising jig.