25 Things You Didn't Know About the Tabernacle

by | Oct. 02, 2017

Mormon Life

Construction Materials

13. Ox shoes were recycled and used for nails and washers when constructing the wooden latticework inside the roof. Items like steel and wood were scarce, so many parts of the Tabernacle were made of recycled materials.

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An up-close perspective of the wooden pegs and joints held together with washers made of recycled ox shoes.

14. Over 400,000 individual wooden shingles were used to build the first roof of the Tabernacle and which were later replaced by tin roofing. In 1947, the roof was replaced with the aluminum we are familiar with today.

15. Hair from animals such as horses and cows were added to the plaster to give it extra strength.

16. 1,500,000 board feet of timber were used in the construction of the Tabernacle.

17. Nails were scarce, so rawhide and wooden pegs were largely used to bind the wooden planks that made up the roof structure.

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A view of the wooden trusses of the Tabernacle roof. The white stripes in the center of the board are pieces of rawhide, wrapped around weak boards to stabilize the structure.

18. The benches in the Tabernacle were originally made from white pine, stained to look like the more expensive oak wood not available to the early pioneers. These pine benches were replaced with actual oak ones during the building’s renovations.

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