Desk/Mantle top Easter Cross

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Project by CFrye posted 04-14-2017 09:20 AM 1659 views 0 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mom wanted an Easter gift for her Secret Sister at church. I showed her some cross scrollsaw patterns from Steve Good’s website and she picked this one. I was going to glue up some cherry trim that is in the wood hoard to make a panel from which to cut the pattern then decided that wasn’t going to look right so I found a piece of mahogany that LukieB sent with some other lumber back during my first shop made tool swap. I reduced the pattern to 2/3’s size and then re-sawed and planed the mahogany to 3/8”. Using a spiral blade, I immediately messed up! I veered wide going around the thumb and cut into the cross. Ugh. That’ll learn me to warm up first…maybe! I went ahead and cut the remainder of the hands as a unit and thought about mounting them in front of a cross cut out of another piece. They looked OK, but not something I’d want to give as a gift. I reprinted the re-sized pattern and decided to wood burn it. That turned out better. I rounded the top of the board and, since the bottom was so much wider now, I had to cut a new base. I made a simple rectangular version from the 3/4” mahogany that seemed too small, so I hit the wood hoard again and found this glue up of jatoba and white oak (from the same LukieB stash). I rounded the ends and sanded everything up to 320. Now, how to join the main piece to the base? I decided to pin them together with some box-store 1/8” dowel. Drilled the holes, measured the dowels and dry fit it all together. The pins were too long. But, I kinda liked the stand off. I took it to the hubby and he kinda liked it too, so it stayed! A couple of coats of Rustoleum High Luster rattle can lacquer. Sticky back sheet cork was cut slightly undersized to go on the bottom, and it’s done! Mom is pleased.
Thanks for looking. Comments are welcome and appreciated. Happy Easter!!!

5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; He has risen, just as He said! Come, see the place where He lay.a 7Then go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him.’ See, I have told you.” Mathew 28:5-7

-- God bless, Candy

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#1 posted 04-14-2017 10:06 AM

very nice and clean work Candy

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#2 posted 04-14-2017 10:10 AM

Nice work Candy and a fitting construction for this time of the year

I am curious what exactly is a Secret Sister?

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 04-14-2017 10:38 AM

Great job, Candy! It looks great.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 04-14-2017 11:03 AM

Very nicely done.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 04-14-2017 11:06 AM

Beautiful, Candy! Happy easter weekend to you! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 04-14-2017 11:07 AM

Thank you, Stelios, Rob and Dave.
Rob, a Secret Sister is a designated woman in the same facility (church, dorm, workplace) with whom you share small gifts, cards, etc for purposes of encouragement. She does not know your identity, therefore your Secret Sister. Apparently there is a scam circulating social media under the same name, a chain letter thing. This is not what I’m referring to. The one at church lasts 6-8 months and then there is a ‘reveal’ luncheon where the ‘sisters’ make themselves known. Hope that is clear.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 04-14-2017 11:10 AM


-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#8 posted 04-14-2017 11:14 AM

Thanks, Monte, Sheila and Jim.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 04-14-2017 11:33 AM

nice work Candy. I’m sure it was appreciated.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#10 posted 04-14-2017 11:50 AM

Nice work, Candy. she will love it!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 04-14-2017 12:10 PM

Looks great Candy.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#12 posted 04-14-2017 12:28 PM

Very nice work Candy!
Happy Easter!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#13 posted 04-14-2017 12:32 PM

Sweet burning, Candy! excellent work!

He is Risen! :)
Happy Easter!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#14 posted 04-14-2017 01:10 PM

Very nice Candy, be a great present for this time of the year. Have a enjoyable Easter.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#15 posted 04-14-2017 01:13 PM

Candy, you have done a beautiful job on this project. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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