700 Crosses for Consecration Sunday

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Project by OttoH posted 11-16-2012 11:44 PM 2191 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our church recently had a building project to build a new Welcome Center on the front of the Sanctuary. In order to build the center they had to take down one of the treasured Oak Trees in the courtyard. In order to commemorate the Consecration I was tasked with making and engraving 700 crosses to give to the congregation this Sunday from the two of the Oak Tree branches.

First I cut the branches into useable lengths with my chainsaw, and split those in half on the band saw. I let the halves set for a few weeks before resawing them into 5/8 of an inch thick boards on the band saw. Once I cut the boards, I put them on the top shelf out of the way to cure for six weeks, spacing them with dowels so the air could circulate around them.

After curing them I squared them into 7/16 inch posts and cut them into 5 and 2 ½ inch lengths on the radial arm saw 20 at a time. I then built two dado sleds to cut the slots to join them together, I was able to do 24 posts at a time with the sleds.

I spent three evenings gluing them together and engraving them in the laser, I cut a template out of poster board that the crosses fit into and was able to engrave them 36 at a time, with a load / run / unload time of 40 minutes a batch.

It was a time consuming project, but it was a labor of love that I would be happy to take on again if the need ever arose.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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Monty Queen

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#1 posted 11-17-2012 12:31 AM

Wow thats a lot of crosses. You did a awesome job on them. I would not have the patience to do that many. Great job on the engraving too. Thanks for posting.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#2 posted 11-17-2012 02:06 AM

And I thought I was nuts making 6 of toys asnd joys big models at one time. You did a great job and for a good cause. but if you like what your doing it is a lot of fun.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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matt garcia

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#3 posted 11-17-2012 02:27 AM

If those were stars, you would have a galaxy!!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 11-17-2012 02:31 AM

Wow that’s a true labor of love.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 11-17-2012 04:27 AM

Awesome build. Takes a lot to keep your focus on a project like that.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 11-17-2012 06:50 AM

Very nicely done and very nice of you to do so. Frankly, I can’t see where Consecration is misspelled.

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#7 posted 11-17-2012 02:59 PM

Well done!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 11-17-2012 05:34 PM

Very nice!

-- "Your Design or Mine!"

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#9 posted 11-17-2012 11:18 PM

All I can say is “WOW!”

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#10 posted 11-19-2012 12:51 AM

Great project! My complements on the task and the reason for it.

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#11 posted 11-21-2012 04:55 AM

really incredible. thanks for including photos of the tree. it puts things in perspective.

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#12 posted 11-21-2012 11:18 AM

Man thats a big project, would love to see pictures of your engraver.

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