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Project by john74 posted 09-02-2010 03:28 AM 1420 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cross is made of cypress. It is about 2 1/2 inches thick, 9 feet tall, and 6 feet wide. It is made from 8 quarter boards ripped on the band saw about 3 inches wide. Every other is flipped and glued back together to prevent warping. On top it has book matched 4 quarter cypress gouged to create a rough surface.

My friend Jim on the left and I did this during the hottest part of the summer a couple of years ago. We had to do much of the work outside because it would not fit in my modest shop.

It is dyed with Behlen Fruitwood dye, then one coat of shellac, General Finishes Candlelight, then several coats of polyurethane.

It is mounted with French cleats on 6 inch spacers from the wall.

It is more impressive than these small pictures convey.

John





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ScottnKY

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#1 posted 09-02-2010 03:41 AM

The small pictures are still very impressive, great job.

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#2 posted 09-02-2010 04:05 AM

Very nice. Obviously a labor of love and a project that will be admired and enjoyed for generations.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 09-02-2010 04:34 AM

Man that is a full sized cross. You could put a real person on it for the lenten season ( with false nails of course)!

Nice work. Thanks for sharing!

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

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ND2ELK

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#4 posted 09-02-2010 05:24 AM

Outstanding job guys. Excellent craftsmanship and beautifully done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 09-02-2010 05:32 AM

I love celtic crosses, and this one is beautiful.
Might we assume the congregation has a number of scots or irish parishioners?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#6 posted 09-02-2010 06:33 AM

Great work. Really inspirational project

-- Norman

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#7 posted 09-02-2010 01:43 PM

I’m really not into religious stuff, but the craftsmanship and good karma on this project deserves recognition. Nice job guys :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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WoodenFrog

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#8 posted 09-02-2010 02:22 PM

Beautiful Work!
That is Really an eye catcher!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Grant Davis

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#9 posted 09-02-2010 02:27 PM

Absolutely outstanding. That will definitely be admired for generations to come.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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Armand

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#10 posted 09-02-2010 02:33 PM

Wow….very impressive project to honor the Greatest Carpenter. Congratulations to both of you!

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#11 posted 09-02-2010 02:53 PM

WOW! Very impressive indeed!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Chris

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#12 posted 09-02-2010 04:27 PM

Very nice work

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 09-02-2010 05:24 PM

Great craftsmanship and work for such a worthy project. I hope the congregation truly appreciates the skill and attention to detail that went into this work of love for the Lord.
Thanks for using your skills to further HIS work.
BTKS
Welcome to LJ’s!!!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Raymond

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#14 posted 09-02-2010 05:42 PM

Outstanding. The lord would be pleased.

-- Ray

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#15 posted 09-02-2010 07:53 PM

john74,
Great job! Was it your design. I really like the overall design. I’m sure that it is most impressive in person also. I’m surprised you were able to hang it with so little help. Looks like it was done with Love, for His Love of us. Congratulations on such a fine job.

Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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