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Project by recycle1943 posted 08-10-2016 06:35 PM 523 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several weeks ago my wife and I was asked to dinner by the family that has had me making the Tabernacles. The dinner was to be Friday evening then was changed to Saturday afternoon with Fr. Nathan celebrating Mass.
Problem was that they didn’t have a cross which is one of the mandatory items. Soooo, I just happened to have some barn siding that I’ve been hoarding for a special project. What coulsd be more special ?

I ripped 2 pieces from a 1 1/8” thick x 14’ wide board that was just the right length (6’3” ) Not being as talented as most on here I did use power tools to complete the cross by cutting the half lap joint with my DeWalt 20v cordless and for some reason it was near perfect as the picture shows.

I used 2 pieces of 1/2” rebar in conduit straps, one in the center and the second on the side to keep the cross fron pivoting.

I attached 2 pictures of the cross and 2 pictures of the Mass. The third picture is Fr, Nathan at the alter, the cross behind him and one of my Tabernacles to his left.

The fourth picture is the group that attended. Our host is on the extreme left of the picture and hostess in on the extreme right. I am over Fr. Nathans left shoulder and my wife is fourth from the left

Wish I knew how old the barn siding was – -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#1 posted 08-10-2016 07:43 PM

Nicely done

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#2 posted 08-10-2016 09:05 PM

Well it certainly looks like it was a very nice dinner mass, and all in the picture seem pleased. The cross of the old barn wood is pretty authentic, nice weathered wood that provides a suggestion of antiquity.
I’ve been thinking about something you mentioned in your description, your use of power tools in the making of this cross, versus I suppose the current trend to times of old and hand tools powered by muscle. It occured to me today, when I dragged out my router for the first time in a couple of years to make some molding for a little shelf, when I got my first face full of dust, just how much dust power tools produce.
Now we all know the dust is no good for human consumption, and we all know how much the federal government wants to protect us all, so how long do you think it will be before all power tools are regulated out of the market place? Maybe all woodworkers will have to resort to the ways of old before too long.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 08-10-2016 11:01 PM

Very nice post Dick. You get in on some of the best stuff. This is special. Good to see you all.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#4 posted 08-11-2016 12:38 AM

Nice work Dick and Linda

I see you all !! and the cross !!and excellent half lap joint work!! but I do not see the trike in the parking area, boo hiss !!

-- Regards Robert

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#5 posted 08-11-2016 01:13 PM

Nice work Dick and Linda

I see you all !! and the cross !!and excellent half lap joint work!! but I do not see the trike in the parking area, boo hiss !!

- robscastle

wife didn’t want helmet hair for dinner. lol

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#6 posted 08-11-2016 04:37 PM

Dick you did another great job for a great cause. You keep this up and we are going to convert you over to our Catholic Faith :)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 08-12-2016 12:05 AM

Nice job!

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