First Ever Crosses

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Project by Chris Speights posted 06-21-2012 06:53 PM 1335 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at doing some crosses. The woods are spalted maple and cedar. The spalted maple came from Bob Kloes (Killlerb is his LJ name), This wood is beautiful. Not only did I get the wood from Bob, I have been in touch with him several times and he has helped me continue to learn in my woodworking endeavors. He’s GREAT! Thanks Bob =)

The first one is about 60% of it’s original size, as I miscut so many times, I kept cutting it down and starting over. I like it, but think it would have be a lot better at it’s original size.

The second was thrown together because my wife had mentioned liking the rounded end cross design. I had a couple pieces of scrap wood from the first cross, so I put it together. It turned out “okay”, but I need a lot of work on the bandsaw. It’s a little crooked, haha…which, is why I didn’t post a better picture.

The third is obviously my favorite and the best of the three. I made it for my mother in law for her 60th birthday present. My wife, both of my sons each made her something as part of her gift, as well as bought her something. I really like the way it tured out.

Thanks for looking,


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#1 posted 06-21-2012 07:06 PM

Good job on the crosses, Chris. I understand= 60 percent of its original size=. Been there, done that many a time. Don’t knock yourself out about the rounded cross. Just tell them to remember it was The Old Rugged Cross.
Hmmmmm I’ve got a small piece of spalted magnolia. This is the perfect venue for that wood. Thanks for the idea.
Have a good’un

-- rejo55, East Texas

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#2 posted 06-21-2012 11:07 PM

Very nice work. You have artistic license to add colors, round the corners, whatever would cause someone to look and affirm what it represents and WHO gives it meaning. I’ve made many, many, still my favorite topic. Thanks for posting

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 06-22-2012 12:04 AM

I absolutely love this! So modern and still really graceful.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#4 posted 06-22-2012 01:01 AM

Great job. Your mistakes are invisable. The mitered one is my favorite.

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

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#5 posted 06-22-2012 12:33 PM

Thank you all very much.

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#6 posted 06-22-2012 06:23 PM

Just curious—how did you do the final glue-up on these? I can’t think of a decent way to ensure that the tips meet at a single point in the center. Seems to me they’d slide funny, or get squished or something.

-- Adam, Rochester NY

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#7 posted 06-22-2012 07:12 PM

Funny you asked this, Adam. My wife was giving me grief about my rig up to do this. I glued two of the pieces together at a time. Then, when that dried, I glued to the two new pieces together. I will attach a picture as explaining the first step would get complicated (not for you, but for me to try and explain it). The first picture is the little jig (I guess it qualifies?) I made with two cut off 90s and a strip of hardboard (had to make 4 of them). The second picture is how I used it.

The second step, just take two 90 degree cut offs and put in the newly created 90 degree angles on the two pieces and clamp it. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of this.

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#8 posted 06-23-2012 12:43 AM

VERY clever jig for the glue up!

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

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