My Sister's Cross

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Project by Grampa_Doodie posted 02-10-2012 09:46 PM 1261 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As my sister got closer to the end of her life in 2010, she asked my brother and I if we would do her a favor. She wanted to be buried with something hand-made from his wood shop and from mine as well.

My brother made her urn, and I made her this cross. Both are with her forever.

The cross was made out of purple heart, cherry, and black walnut. The most challenging part of this project was figuring out how to safely cut the narrow pieces at such a steep angle. I finally came up with a jig that held them fairly tight while running them through my table saw.

I made several other crosses similar to these for family members close to my sister. A few of those versions hang on the wall and have no base.


-- If at first you don't succeed...DO NOT try skydiving.

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#1 posted 02-10-2012 10:49 PM

Dale, that’s a beautiful piece and such a meaningful project. Very nicely done.

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#2 posted 02-12-2012 08:19 PM

Wonderful project and story. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#3 posted 02-12-2012 11:41 PM

Thanks to both of you. It was a very nice way to send her off to her next journey.


-- If at first you don't succeed...DO NOT try skydiving.

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