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Cross for Friends' Wedding

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Project by KevinH posted 01-16-2015 01:39 PM 1392 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good friend asked me to make a cross to use in his wedding, which happened a couple of weeks ago. He only had two requirements: (1) that it have some “heft” to it to convey the weightiness of the crucifixion, and (2) that it incorporate a half-lap joint similar to an outdoor cross we had recently admired. Beyond that it was up to me.

I used a half-lap joint, but I complicated the build by beveling the sides of the cross about 5 degrees. That seemed impossibly tricky until I learned how beveled window mullions are joined with half-laps. The inlay pieces were the most time consuming part of the project. The walnut base was pure fun!

The cross can be displayed freestanding in the base, laid on a tabletop or hung on a wall (keyhole slot).

Materials:

The cross is made of red oak, with walnut, pearwood, purpleheart, primavera, and makare mottle in the inlay. The base is walnut. The finish is five coats of lacquer.http://lumberjocks.com/projects/new#

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#1 posted 01-16-2015 01:49 PM

Absolutely awsome project! It looks like stained galss window – great idea. ’’Stairy’’ stand is also magnificant.

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#2 posted 01-16-2015 02:04 PM

Very nice design and build!

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#3 posted 01-16-2015 02:33 PM

Fantastic. Beautifully done.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#4 posted 01-16-2015 06:28 PM

beautiful cross. The inlay is very nice with the look of stained glass.

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#5 posted 01-16-2015 09:42 PM

Nice cross. I really like how you did the stand

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#6 posted 01-16-2015 11:10 PM

Sweet looking project. Alistair

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#7 posted 01-17-2015 12:48 AM

I like both the cross and the stand. Not obvious to me where the half lap is, nor how you made the base. Any insight?

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#8 posted 01-17-2015 04:10 PM

very nice!

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