Who Can't Do It???

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Project by Dollarbill posted 04-23-2007 05:29 AM 2680 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This winter I was approached by a lady who’s church had been destroyed by hurricane Katrina. They needed a 10 ft. cross for their alter and she said I was the fourth WW shop she had been to and the others said they couldn’t do it after keeping the plans for a month at a time each.

Each arm of the cross were to be built out of two peices of red oak joined together at a 15 degree angle.

The other shops had turned the job down because they said it was very complicaded angles at the apex and would be very expensive (in other words they couldn’t figure out how to connect the four arms with the angles used).

This was Wed. afternoon at 4:00 and she said because of the past time delay they had to have it by this Sat. for their first service on Sun. morning and they would finish it with tung oil (I hate two things, tung oil and liver).

I told her that the chances for Sat. were slim and none. She called the contractor and he asked me to do my best.

Being a sucker for a sob story and a good cause, I put in the midnite oil.

I called her Sat. at 11:30 am and said the cross was loaded on a truck and ready for the 70 mile trip to South New Orleans. They all went crazy!

This lady has been driving to this church ever Sun. for many years 76 miles one way.

I had to do my part.

When theres a Bill theres a way.

-- Make Dust

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#1 posted 04-23-2007 05:45 AM

Great story. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 04-23-2007 07:56 AM

wow, nice work Bill. You done good!


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#3 posted 04-23-2007 11:44 AM

and another angel makes a difference

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 04-23-2007 12:34 PM

First class craftsmanship !!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 04-23-2007 01:44 PM

Great Story and very nice project.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 04-23-2007 03:20 PM

Absolutely a wonderful story and beautiful job making that dust!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#7 posted 04-23-2007 05:21 PM

Great work. I like the gradual taper toward the end of each point.

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#8 posted 04-23-2007 11:51 PM

Being a sucker for a sob story and a good cause, I put in the midnite oil.
No you’re not a sucker – just someone of good character – and you did a great job.
Hats off to you for your effort.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#9 posted 04-24-2007 01:20 AM

Great job, and kudos to you for putting together what others couldn’t (or wouldn’t) figure out in three months time!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 04-24-2007 01:32 AM

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful coments. When there is a cause it makes it all the better.

I am surprised that no one has asked me how I connected the four points together.

How would you have done it? Remember you have to pick it up after it is put together.


-- Make Dust

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#11 posted 04-24-2007 02:57 AM

I will be the first to ask. How did you join the 4 points. I was first guessing dowels but after looking closers at the pics I don’t know.Also that is great craftmanship.

-- F.Little

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#12 posted 04-24-2007 04:43 AM

I know the consensus is 4 pieces but my money is on three pieces.
The vertical grain looks continuous.
In any case, you certainly did a good job of what the others could not do at all.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#13 posted 04-26-2007 05:59 AM

Now THAT’S a Lumberjock. When others give excuses, a Lumberjock gives results.

And fine results might I add.

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#14 posted 04-26-2007 06:11 AM

I would think that there might be a half lap board under the back where everything is all tied together.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 04-27-2007 03:06 PM

I would guess maybe some lag bolts counter sunk in the back are holding everything together. What did you do, Bill? Tell us!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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