|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 12-06-2015 01:56 AM||652 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
Things to do with odd pieces of oak:
#74 Make 12 hand crosses for gifts.
I made a dozen small, rounded crosses to give as gifts this year. They started out as a piece of oak that I found beside the road in a piece of broken up furniture. I made a pattern freehand on a piece of cardboard and traced them out on the wood.
Cutting them out on the band saw made short work of that chore. I’m pretty sure I broke the blade during this operation and had to buy another. After sanding the edges smooth, they were run through the router to round the corners over as well. A coat or two of linseed oil finished them up and brought out the grain. They measure about 3-1/2×2 inches.
Because of the wayward way I cut them, they are not truly identical. Each one is unique. Also note that I traced them out on the diagonal to help minimize any possibility of the arms snapping off. They feel very nice in the hand and while not intended as one of the twisted variety of ‘comfort’ crosses, they would suit that purpose well.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!