Happy Krishnasthami to all !!!This is my first post on my craft work (Actually, I didn’t have any recipes to post as was super busy with my work 🙁 ). I always wanted to have a small pooja mandir but couldn’t find the right one online. Either it was very small or very expensive. While I was searching for it, I came across an interesting blog on how to build Pooja Mandap at home. When I shared this link with my hubby, he encouraged me to build it (he was the one who built it 🙂 ). We started this almost a year back and drafted all the required items and rough design (I was the architect and my hubby was my developer 🙂 ) . After 6 months of groundwork, we finally started our workshop this summer. It took us almost 1.5 months to complete it .It was fun and felt satisfied .Finally making some time to post step by step process . Hope you all would find it useful.
Step by step Process
- Draw a rough design and decide the exact sizes you need.
- Make a list of items.
|Material||Type||Size ( W/L X D)||Thickness(inch)||Purpose||Comments|
|Wood Plank||oakwood||24x 20||1/2 or 3/4||Bottom & Top plank||cut it into 2 pieces of 20×24|
|Wood Plank||luaun plywood||20x 16||0.25||Step 1||cut it into 20×16|
|Wood Plank||luaun plywood||16x 12||0.25||Step 2||cut it into 16×12|
|Wood Plank||luaun plywood||12×8||0.25||cut it into 10×8|
|Wood Plank||Oak Ply wood||22x 23||0.25||Back support||cut it into 22×23|
|table Legs||early american 21 in. Table leg||21||2||pilars||Ht is 21|
|table Legs||h & P Hardwood Tuning 7 in. Traditional Pine Table Leg||7||2||legs||Ht is 7 inch|
|Wood Mouldings||Ornamental Mouldings 3/8 in. x 1-1/4 in. x 96 in. White Hardwood Embossed Trim Moulding||128||0.25||around top and bottom area||cut them into
1. 2 pieces of 24 inch length
2. 4 pieces of 20 inch length
|Wood Mouldings||Ornamental Mouldings 1/2 in. x 2-1/4 in. x 96 in. White Hardwood Embossed Chair Rail Moulding||168||0.25||around steps||cut them into
1. 2 pieces of 20 inch length
2. 4 pieces of 16 inch length
3. 4 pieces of 12 inch length
4. 2 pieces of 8 inch length
|Rail Mouldings||Foster Decorative Millwork 48 in. x 2-1/4 in. x 3/4 in. Maple Galley Rail Moulding||44||0.5||around 3 open sides||cut then into
1. 2 pieces of 18 inch length
2. 2 pieces of 4 inch length
|Wood Brackets||Foster Decorative Millwork 8-1/2 in. x 6 in. x 1-1/2 in. Hardwood Scroll Bracket (2-Pack)||2 X 2||0.25||for 3 open sides|
|wood knobs/finial||Wood Shapes Acorn Dowel Cap 2 per Package||2||2||for corners , steps and gopuram|
|Wood beads||25mm Rnd Bead||25mm||12|
|Wood Glue||Elmer’s 8 oz. Carpenter’s Wood Glue|
|Wood stain/ paint||Minwax 1-Qt. Oil-Based Espresso Wood Finish Interior Stain||red oak, walnut, red mahagony|
|wood cormner blocks||DecraMold DM 6518 1-1/8 in. x 6-1/2 in. Pine Wood Outside Corner Block Moulding||corners for railing|
|bells||front n sides|
- Cut all the items in to required sizes ( We did it from Lowe’s/Home Depot itself).
- Start with basic structure. Fix the chair legs between Top and bottom plank ( we used both wood glue and screws).
- Screw the bottom legs too.
- Now build the gopuram steps. We created them as different blocks and glued them one above the other.
- Now glue the beading around the corners and railing on three sides of mandir.
- Glue/Screw knobs for the four sides of gopuram (main level) and can stick the small knobs (other steps).
- Finally, we sanded the mandir and stained it. We have used Red oak wood finish.
- Let it dry for 1 day. Re-stain if required.
- Then polish it with clear wood polyurethane (glossy finish). This protects the wood from water and gives glossy finish.
- Finally fix the bells .
- This is how I decorated it for vara Lakshmi vratam.
- We stained the wood after fixing the mandir. But would suggest to do it other way. This reduces a lot of work.