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Stanley Coker

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10-21-2016 06:30 PM

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Hey guys, I need some advise. There is a church near me that contacted me to build them a cross to go behind the choir in their sanctuary. It is going to be a very large cross, 9 ft tall which should be 4 1/2 ft wide. They want it to be 7” wide and 4” thick coming out from the wall, with concealed lights behind it. This is going to be a very heavy cross to hang on the wall. I need some advise as how to attach it to the wall.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 10-21-2016 06:33 PM

Stanley – You mention concealed lights behind the cross … does the cross have to be solid? You might consider a three sided box … this might help with the weight, conceal the lights, and allow for concealed “I” brackets with which to attach.

With careful mitering the “three sided box” concept would look rather solid!

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#2 posted 10-21-2016 06:38 PM

Old reliable French cleat with lag bolts into studs or whatever structure it will be attached too.

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#3 posted 10-21-2016 06:39 PM

Another option might be to attach it to a backer board (with a stand-off) that could also hold the lighting provided there is a stud where it needs to hang. Another option might to be to hang it from the top on a wire to take some of the load and then just fix the location on the wall with some brackets that could easily be made invisible from the front view. And there is always the invisible hanger trick using some metal rods in a stud and the cross itself. A lot depends on the structure of the wall, the manner in which the lighting is applied, and as Ron noted, does it need to be a solid wood unit?

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#4 posted 10-21-2016 06:55 PM

i like rons idea of the box concept,that would make concealing the lights easy and lighten the weight,and also like scotts idea of using a french cleat to hang it.with all the members here answers are only a mouse click away.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 10-21-2016 07:11 PM

Ya I like the 3 side box too. Would definitely help with the weight, and make concealing the light hardware easy too.
Even with the box design, I think I would want some sort of metal hangers into studs to support it.

-- John

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Stanley Coker

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#6 posted 10-21-2016 07:27 PM

Thanks guys, I have been considering a backer board with some french cleats and using a 3 sided box design.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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Ron Aylor

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#7 posted 10-21-2016 07:46 PM

Perhaps …

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#8 posted 10-21-2016 08:30 PM

Perhaps …

- Ron Aylor

Basically that’s the right idea. This is a project that may see many years of use, so it is important to make sure the cross is well built and well anchored to the wall. Having it fall off the wall during a sermon, would be very embarrassing.

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#9 posted 10-21-2016 08:37 PM

Don’t cut corners when working on gods house.
There is no place you can hide. :)
I’ve done several jobs for churches and they always seem to go very well.
With the right attitude.


-- Aj

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#10 posted 10-23-2016 02:06 AM

Don t cut corners when working on gods house.

- Aj2


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