Cross in black walnut, correct ratio

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Project by CueballRosendaul posted 588 days ago 1288 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has been asking for a simple cross to hang on the wall for quite some time now. Her birthday today was the perfect opportunity to oblige. Material is 3/4” Black Walnut from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I’ve had several boards sitting around waiting for the right projects. I made a simple half lap joint by nibbling away at it with the miter gauge on the table saw. Glue and a few 5/8” brads hold it tight. Ran a 1/4” chamfer around the edges after glue up. Before assembly I used the keyhole bit (love that bit) to route a mounting hole on the cross member. The fourth picture shows how I used a piece of tape to determine the plunge and pull points.

Finish is one coat of Minwax Dark Walnut and a few coats of spray on satin poly. I added a few felt pads to keep it from rattling on the wall or sticking to the paint.

The ratio for a cross (after doing some google searching) is that the cross piece is centered 1/3 of the way down the center piece, and the two extending portions of the cross piece are equal length to the top. The third picture shows a ruler with the appropriate layout. My stock was 2” wide and the overall length of the upright portion is 14”.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#1 posted 588 days ago

Nice work Matt this is a super looking cross.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 588 days ago

Very nice!

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#3 posted 588 days ago

Nice work. As should be expected from your research, nice proportions.

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#4 posted 587 days ago

great job.

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#5 posted 587 days ago

Very nice work!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 587 days ago

Great looking cross. Thanks for researching the correct relationship for the dimensions. That is what I use because it just “looked right” but I was always concerned that it wasn’t “correct”.

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

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#7 posted 587 days ago

Nice Cross build. Thanks for the correct spec’s : )

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#8 posted 587 days ago

Nice cross I have made a few of these with solid oak and I love my keyhole bit as well

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#9 posted 587 days ago

Beautiful work and thanks for the ratio.

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

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#10 posted 572 days ago

Beautiful cross. Neat idea about using the tape for references. I have used this bit often and fought with the entry/exit points.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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