Box Elder Cross #2

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-17-2012 12:36 AM 1862 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second cross I made for a customer using box elder and this time it has the red. He wanted red where the hands and feet were on the cross. I was losing the red in the horizontal piece from running it through the jointer so I had to finish it with light sanding. If he likes it, the cross will be placed on the podium by the alter in his church in Traverse City.
It is 17” high and 11 1/8 wide and 3/4” thick. It was dadoed using the kerf maker and it puts it right on for fit- I love that tool!! (Thanks for the inspiration on that one, Mads!!)

It is finished with 6 coats of clear matte spray.


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

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#1 posted 06-17-2012 01:08 AM

I was hoping I would get to see it! I love it. The red streaks are placed awesomely.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#2 posted 06-17-2012 01:29 AM

Nice work Jim, you got the colour placed beautifully.

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

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#3 posted 06-17-2012 01:33 AM

As Lis said, those grains are simply in the right places. Very awesome! Really like it a lot.

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

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#4 posted 06-17-2012 01:38 AM

Beautiful job.

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

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#5 posted 06-17-2012 02:22 AM

As always Jim, you have done an exceptional job, outstanding!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 06-17-2012 04:22 AM

Jim… that is a SUPER COOL piece… the red just touches it off…


Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 06-17-2012 04:38 AM

Just Beautiful Jim

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 06-17-2012 05:28 AM

Simple, elegant and beautiful. Thanks for posting.

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

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#9 posted 06-17-2012 05:53 AM

Happy Fathers’ Day. Nice work.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#10 posted 06-17-2012 01:32 PM

Excellent symbolism in art form. Calls to mind Matthew 26:28

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#11 posted 06-17-2012 02:36 PM

I too like the red in Box Elder.
One has to wonder if Jesus had been sacrificed in modern times, would people be sporting a symbol of an electric chair?
I always thought using the symbol of the cross, which is actually of pagan origins, would be an insult to Jesus.

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#12 posted 06-17-2012 11:36 PM

Top end Jim, example of how to make a simple project into a classy result
Well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#13 posted 06-17-2012 11:38 PM

This represents the cross on which Jesus was crucified without his body on it like a crucifix.

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

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#14 posted 06-18-2012 03:19 PM

Awesome looking cross, as always excellent work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#15 posted 06-19-2012 03:40 PM

Beautiful Jim,
What a glow, it is amazing, a gift.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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