Cross for my Wife

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Project by Kent Shepherd posted 06-24-2009 10:06 PM 1955 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did this a few weeks ago for my wife. It didn’t seem right to make all the fancy jigs and not do something special for her. I used Bubinga with a half lap joint. I bandsawed the shape before assembly, then hand sculpted from there. Mostly with a rasp and sanding. Watco Danish Oil, several coats. Then hand rubbed. This is the first time I’ve hand rubbed an oil finish. I’ve always done lacquer before.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#1 posted 06-24-2009 10:13 PM

The oil rubbed finish surely brings out the the fantastic grain of the bubinga,, I have not seen bubinga used before except in jigs ,, nice job Kent, keep up the fine workmanship.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 06-24-2009 11:10 PM

Beautiful job, keep up the great work.

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#3 posted 06-25-2009 12:05 AM

Very nice Kent. Oil brings out the grain of the woods. I usually use oil and then put what ever top finish might be required.

-- 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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#4 posted 06-25-2009 12:14 AM

looks very well done….good job

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#5 posted 06-25-2009 12:45 AM

Beautiful cross….I love Bubinga !
These are for Larry in response to his comment here.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 06-25-2009 07:39 AM

Thanks Len but I was just having a little fun with Kent ,, a running joke.. LOL
The boards that you referred to look a lot like some of the New Guinea Rosewood I use,, not all but some of the boards I have do have wild grain and loverly color, I have to be selective in the timber I use for jigs LOL

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 06-25-2009 05:30 PM

Very beautiful Cross. Simple and yet elegant. The hand rubbed finish is what made the project. Nice work.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 07-07-2009 08:47 AM

Great job Kent.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 07-09-2009 07:36 AM

Sorry late post ,Very nice cross Kent

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 03-17-2010 09:18 PM

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