|Project by LJ||posted 01-17-2016 05:37 PM||543 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
My parish asked if I would do yet another woodworking project for them. Ironically, similar to the last project i happened to post. Here’s the difference between what we call a cross and a crucifix; the crucifix is a cross with the corpus of Jesus on it. They wanted 20 made, some especially for the people known as Ministers of Care, people who bring Holy Communion to the faithful who are unable to get to Mass.
So I gave them the approximate size that would be good and I located the source for purchasing the corpus.
The cross is made of oak 3/4” wide by 3/8” thick. the trunk is 6-1/2” tall and the arm is 3” across. The trunk sits into the base in a hole 1/2” deep, mortised using my drill press.
They wanted a simple base, unlike the base I made for my post of a table cross. Also, since the base was to be painted white, there was no sense in using expensive oak for that so I used Grade A pine.
As you can see, the cross is half lapped for a solid fit. I first finished the the cross using a wipe-on poly. After drying, I the nailed in the corpus and sign. The base is completed with white latex paint.
I was sure to square and plumb the trunk with the base. As you can see, there is little difference from one cross to the next for the hand made beauties.
I purchased this corpus at giftsCatholic.com… this particular corpus is item CX2020.
-- Peace, LJ http://www.GoldensWoods.com