My FIRST Projects ever, Crosses.

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Project by Tommy posted 02-06-2011 10:46 PM 1196 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, when I first started I began by making these crosses. They were simple and had some appeal to them despite being so obviously novice by most standards. The back of each has a verse or a piece from an old hymn inscribed, I’ll include an example photo instead of the backs of all of them.

1) The two on the white sheet were mostly to experiment. One of them is oak/orange agate and the other is pine/mahogany.
2) The one with the inlay attempt was a hoot, I had never seen anyone do inlay and I cut those little tiny pieces with a dremel and tried to fit and glue them all together, it was a nightmare but I look back on the experience now kinda fondly.
3) The crooked looking one was a gift for a friend’s parents after the friend of mine was involved in an unspeakable tragedy. It was literally my FIRST wood working piece ever.

When I did these I only had a bandsaw, a dremel tool and a router. I did not have many accessories for my tools and most of this stuff was hand sanded. I had NO layout tools so most of this is freehand. I didn’t know any cool tricks on how to make stuff symmetrical.

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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#1 posted 02-08-2011 02:40 AM

Nice Cross’s Tommy, its always nice to someone’s first projects. I’m still trying to work up the courage to post my first work. No matter how much I improve my skills my first little table I made is one of my favorites and sits next to my bed!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 02-08-2011 03:06 PM

Tinnman, great comments, I have the same sentimental attachments to some of my work no matter how much better I could do those same projects today.

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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#3 posted 02-08-2011 03:21 PM

It’s nice that you posted your first woodworkings. I am a woodcarver and set up at shows around Indiana. In my booth, I make a special display of my first carvings and mark it “In the Beginning”. I have received so many compliments on displaying them. I have talked with people that have said them want to start woodcarving but feel intimidated but what they see at the shows. Everything is wonderful and that they can never “be that good”. Seeing the display reminds them that everyone starts as a beginner.

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#4 posted 02-09-2011 12:59 AM

I like the free hand look added to a two dimenisional look the second cross gives your pieces.
Nicely done.


-- Don't apprentice under anyone with less than ten fingers.

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#5 posted 02-09-2011 06:35 AM

Tommy, thanks for sharing man, they look great. I think it’s cool that your first project is the cross. After all, it’s the first place we as sinners must come too for salvation. You keep building man, and keep pressing on. God bless you. rmp…......

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#6 posted 02-09-2011 07:08 AM

well done and great start . . . kinda fond of the cross myself :)

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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