Birdseye Cross

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Project by JoeyG posted 03-16-2012 04:50 PM 1589 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Living in the Bible belt, I get lots of request for crosses. They make a stunning inlay when done in contrasting woods.

This box is from birdseye maple with a cross inlay of cedar. The dimensions are 3.5in X 7.5in X 2.5in deep. I used 4 coats of polycrylic gloss.

The sculpting was done with my angle grinder.

Thanks for taking a look.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 03-16-2012 05:09 PM

Wow Joey – I’d say you’ve got the sculpting down pretty well. Your box is magnificant. Thanks for sharing.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 03-16-2012 05:12 PM

Thank you very much. I am always nervous when I get ready to start grinding.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 03-16-2012 05:21 PM

Good work Joey.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 03-16-2012 05:26 PM

Beautiful work, Joey! This really looks lovely. I love the finish, too!


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

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#5 posted 03-16-2012 05:44 PM

Great work Joey. I like your inlay work, grinder technique, well the whole package. You did well, you should be proud of this one too.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#6 posted 03-16-2012 06:26 PM

I like this one more than the rosewood one! Love the wood….beautiful. Are you sure you dont have those kids helping you out??

Dude, you are reeling out some NICE stuff! Keep it up.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 03-16-2012 06:48 PM

more joy
from joey

great work

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 03-16-2012 07:47 PM

love the shape and inlay, really nice work!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#9 posted 03-16-2012 08:06 PM


-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 03-16-2012 10:34 PM

Nice work. Good idea to make what sells!! I’m sure people will value them. I made a few dozen crosses for one of my parents once. He had a good child and was very supportive at school. So, he asked, and I did some. Not my usual thing to make. I like the overall box style.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#11 posted 03-16-2012 10:42 PM

Thanks everyone,

@ Robert, I began making this style box after I read Andy’s Blog on “Palm Boxes”. I am not sure if he still has that blog up, but if he does it’s worth a read.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#12 posted 03-16-2012 10:47 PM

That looks great Joey, the box still looks wet, must have done a lot of coats of finish

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#13 posted 03-16-2012 10:50 PM

I sprayed on 2 coats of polycrylic with a gravity fed HVLP spray gun at about 40 psi sanding with 400 grit after both coats. I sprayed on a third coat, waited about 10 mins and sprayed a 4th coat. It took maybe 2 hours with dry time

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#14 posted 03-17-2012 01:05 AM

Great box Joey! The wood is nice, the inlay perfect, and the sculpting way beyond my talents. But the amazing thing is the finish you achieved wiyh Polycrylic and a spray gun on such a small project. I never thought to fire up my spray gun for a box!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 03-17-2012 01:21 AM

Thanks Andy, I went to that orange store, why can’t we say the name? Anyway, I went to that orange store and bought the cheapest gravity fed gun they had. It’s a husky and it does a wonderful job. I have used really expensive ones and cheap ones and cannot tell much of a difference as long as you keep em clean. I got the gravity fed gun because on the siphon guns you have the can under the trigger and I have had to refinish way to many faceframes because I got a little to close. Sure I have to refill a little more often but that’s ok. I also checked that blue store, but on the ones they have (Kobalt) there are to many important parts that are made from plastic. You can only put a plastic nut onto metal threads before you strip it. I use a 2 gallon craftsman air compressor which I plan to upgrade soon, I have to wait a few seconds between each pass, but it gets done and does a great job. The best part is it takes about 5 minutes to clean it and even less to put it back together. I do it every night right after I do the dinner dishes. Works out great.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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