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Crosses - how I got started

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Project by Quoheleth posted 03-29-2013 12:12 PM 1081 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The past two or three years, I’ve made a bunch of crosses for people – some as gifts, some for sale. This was the one that started it all. My mom retired after 40 years of teaching at a Christian parochial school. Wanting something to honor her service to the church and families, a cross seemed appropriate.

This was made with a slab of beautiful oak with no knots and wonderful straight grain that was actually salvaged from a shipping crate. The edge was a piece of wild cherry that was given to me by a friend. I was very pleased with how it all came together, and a couple coats of clear poly really made the cherry/oak contrast pop.

This lead to more complicated assemblies.

I’ll post some more later.

Q

-- "We're always ready to circumcize a few 2x4s," - Uncle Bill





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RockyTopScott

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#1 posted 03-29-2013 12:33 PM

Very nice job sir.

I would like to hear more about the assembly as I have thought about making something similar but am not sure about the angles, etc.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#2 posted 03-29-2013 12:33 PM

This one looks so simple, yet so very elegant. I’m sure your Mom loves it!

Thanks for sharing

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Michael Wilson

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#3 posted 03-29-2013 01:30 PM

Indeed. Well done.

That little hangover of the edging is something I wouldn’t ever have thought to do, but it really adds a lot.

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 03-29-2013 03:05 PM

Looks nice to me. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#5 posted 03-29-2013 05:28 PM

Nicely done….

Have you considered making one in the pattern of the confirmation cross?

you could get 2×2 aluminum square tube and cut it on a miter saw (carbide blade will cut it with no trouble) and then file the cut surfaces smooth.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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ksteen

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#6 posted 03-29-2013 09:04 PM

I am looking forward to seeing some more.

-- Ken, Mississippi

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Quoheleth

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#7 posted 03-30-2013 02:34 AM

Thanks, all, for the complements.

The angles are cut with a sled. It really is just being willing to “nibble” my way into a cut so the angles meet at the same points perpendicular to each other on each arm of the cross. I also cut dados (sort of a mortice, I guess) into the arms of the cross and insert a floating tenon or key to help hold everything together. Sometimes I hide the dado/mortice inside the arms so it’s invisible; sometimes I leave it exposed like I did here, mesquite with oak “key”.

From there, it’s fine-tuning with a plane or sanding block and a glue-up.

Q

-- "We're always ready to circumcize a few 2x4s," - Uncle Bill

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Quoheleth

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#8 posted 03-30-2013 02:44 AM

Other pictures of crosses:

I don’t remember the name of the trim wood; the center is oak.

Pine back with oak center:

Oak with cedar trim:

Cherry with oak trim:

Tough one to match up – a 2-sided oak cross with mahogany inlay and oak base:

Q

-- "We're always ready to circumcize a few 2x4s," - Uncle Bill

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Quoheleth

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#9 posted 03-30-2013 02:54 AM

Last but not least, two gifts for a friend who is Jewish:

Cherry. Lots of router and dremel work. Forgot to get a final picture after the poly was applied.

And a 3-D Star of David out of water-marked oak:

Q

-- "We're always ready to circumcize a few 2x4s," - Uncle Bill

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Fishinbo

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#10 posted 04-02-2013 01:42 PM

They look great and well made. Great tributes to Mom. I’m sure she’ll be happy and proud.

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