A Simple Cross

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Project by rance posted 07-08-2012 01:23 AM 2165 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I could just plink this easy project together, but alas, it wasn’t to be.

I had the pieces all cut out and laid out on the bench and my buddy came over and asked why I didn’t miter the corners of the Maple. Well, I was just carrying the overlap theme onto the Maple as well. I thought about it for almost a microsecond and took them to the TS and mitered them. I really like the effect much better.

Then came assembling it. I wanted the Cherry raised from the back by a bit so I ripped some strips for it to lay on during assembly. That worked pretty well. I glued up the 4 miters the night before so it was just a matter of gluing and pin nailing them in place. The first side goes well, but you have to sorta toe-nail the 2nd face. Well, on the first one, the gun kicked a bit and left the pin sticking out a bit. I got my spring-loaded punch and tried to fix it, but darned if it still doesn’t show. Oh well, mount it up higher so it will never be seen.

So here it is. Comments and constructive criticisms always welcome.

Brazillian Cherry(Flooring from a Dumpster find)
Soft Maple(leftovers from another project)

Edit: I added a couple of SketchUp views to fully show how the Cherry is raised from the back.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 07-08-2012 01:26 AM

Very nice.


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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 07-08-2012 01:30 AM

COOL Design!

COOL woods!

COOL job!


Thank you.

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

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#3 posted 07-08-2012 01:32 AM

Super nice. I likes the 2-tone, but I really like how clean it looks.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 07-08-2012 02:02 AM

Very tastefully done. Nice looking project.

Typical LJ, make a nice project and spend half your time pointing out mistakes the rest of us would never know about:-) You do good work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 07-08-2012 02:48 AM

Very nice cross. I would gladly have it hung in any of the churches I would serve.

-- My Boss was a carpenter

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#6 posted 07-08-2012 03:28 AM

I like that design a lot. I made several crosses this week with half lap joints and have been trying to figure out how to use 2 different woods. Thanks for solving that for me! Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry) and pin nails don’t play well together in my hands. Do you think the pin nails are needed here? How about half lapping the inner cross and then clamping the mitered cross to it?

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

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#7 posted 07-08-2012 04:05 AM

A beautiful piece. However….

Not trying to be a wisenimer but I want you to consider something….
If Jesus had lived in modern times, would you be making an electric chair or a lethal injection needle out of wood?
I find it disturbing that people want to glory a symbol that represents death. I believe that Jesus would be insulted by this reckless promotion of this symbol of death.
Was he not about life, after all?

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#8 posted 07-08-2012 04:36 AM

woodnutbutter , Give it a rest …if you plan on posting your same comment on every Cross project here at LJs , you’re going to have to get real busy !
Same comment posted on this project.

Beautifully done , rance, even with all of those mistakes that no one can see ! LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 07-08-2012 03:22 PM

Well done!

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#10 posted 07-08-2012 03:32 PM

Rance, that is a very sweet design. I may borrow that on one in the future!
Thanks, for sharing!!

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

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#11 posted 07-08-2012 06:14 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments. Monte, you are absolutely correct. I preach it too, but aparently I don’t follow that rule. :) Thanks for the reminder. Jim/others, feel free to ‘borrow’ as you wish. I was inspired by others and just added my variation. I’m sure I’ll be doing other variations. Andy, half-lapping the mitered pieces would work perfect. Then none of the pins would potentially show. Thanks again folks.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#12 posted 07-10-2012 04:41 AM

Nicely done. I like the contrasting woods. Nice clean lines.

woodnutbutter…you bring up a good question worth thinking about. I have never thought of that.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#13 posted 07-15-2012 02:14 AM

Hey Rance,

What was it we said last night as we discussed this post -

Only disturbed people are disturbed by disturbing things!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#14 posted 08-06-2012 02:13 PM

Nice!!! Dont let the HATER on here bring you down.

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