Deacon's Cross

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Project by Dave_M posted 05-14-2013 06:43 AM 1577 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi folks, I’m new to LJ. I’m a fairly new woodworker but have been seriously bitten by the bug, and have a long (and growing) list of things I want to try.

A coworker recently completed a program of study to become a deacon in the church, and invited me and my wife to his ordination ceremony. I decided that rather than buy him something, I’d try to make him a gift myself. I looked online and learned that a symbol of the deacon is a cross with a sort of sash draped across it. I liked it and figured I’d try it. I saw other crosses here and took some cues from them, and but tried to make it original. I’m basically happy with how it turned out (not counting the off-color photos), but like everything I do, I see the flaws and only now have come up with some things I should have done differently. Well, if I ever have reason to make another one of these, I know what I would fix.

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#1 posted 05-14-2013 08:20 AM

It looks very beautiful. I think its a nice gift. (though I am a pastor myself and somewhat into crosses :) )

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#2 posted 05-14-2013 11:22 AM

Looks great. It would be good to include info about the wood used and the finish etc

-- Dreaming patterns

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 11:35 AM

Fine job and fitting tribute. Thanks for sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 12:56 PM

I would like to say,”What a thoughtfull Gift:I could not think of anything more fitting, and I dare say, a great rememberance to Him, and the family! The Gift may become an heirloom in His family, and His children! Thanks for sharing Your Gift, and hi-lighting His gift as well!

-- Saved! and so gratefull.Consider Who Created it All

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#5 posted 05-14-2013 01:00 PM

It’s very nice and I’m sure that he appreciated it. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 05-14-2013 01:01 PM

Deon- good point, I meant to mention that. The lighter wood is tiger maple and the darker is walnut, both from some earlier projects. I first used some tung oil as a finish, but I wasn’t really happy with it. I sanded it down with some 0000 steel wool and wasn’t sure if I wanted to do another coat of that, so instead I put on a coat of danish oil. I didn’t know how the two different oils would work. I’ve used danish oil in the past and usually the piece is dry after about a half hour, but in this case it was still a little tacky in places after 24 hours. I think the tung oil kept the danish oil from soaking in. I just rubbed it with a paper towel and the finished product came out nicely.

Thanks for all the comments.

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#7 posted 05-14-2013 02:55 PM

very nice cross. I’m sure your friend will really appreciate it.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 05-14-2013 09:03 PM

Very nice Cross. Your friend will probably cherish the thought and Cross for the rest of his life. Well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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