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Project by LJ posted 01-17-2016 05:37 PM 582 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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WoodNSawdust

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#1 posted 01-17-2016 06:05 PM

Nice looking crucifixes. I did not know the difference between a cross and a crucifix. They will make great presents. It is wonderful that you will do this for the church.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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LJ

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#2 posted 01-17-2016 09:24 PM

Yes, they do make a good present. I also made one and sent it to my 91 year old mom. :-)

-- Peace, LJ http://www.GoldensWoods.com

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Tony Mirabella

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#3 posted 01-18-2016 12:44 AM

Lovely crucifixes, sir. Would you care to share what company you sourced your corpuses (corpi? corpora?) from? I’ve made several crucifixes over the last few years, but always have a difficult time finding the hardware at a reasonable price.

Again, nice work. Pax et bonum!

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#4 posted 01-19-2016 01:45 AM



Lovely crucifixes, sir. Would you care to share what company you sourced your corpuses (corpi? corpora?) from? I ve made several crucifixes over the last few years, but always have a difficult time finding the hardware at a reasonable price.

Again, nice work. Pax et bonum!

- Tony Mirabella

I purchased this corpus at giftsCatholic.com… this particular corpus is item CX2020.

(cut and pasted from the OP)

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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