# Crucifix Ratio?

 Forum topic by thiel posted 04-25-2011 04:31 AM 19788 views 1 time favorited 5 replies
 thiel394 posts in 3532 days 04-25-2011 04:31 AM Gang, I confess that I’m not much of a churchgoer, but my wife is trying to avoid that with our offspring. As such, my older son is up for his first communion, and I’ve thought to make him a cross as an unexpected but apropos gift from the old man. Having undoubtedly missed the Sunday where they covered this information, can anyone tell me if there is a specific ratio which should be used for a crucifix? Is there any other special information I should know about making one? I am a protestant living in an old New England town, so I am planning something relatively plain and simple—the cross of a carpenter if you will. Thanks very much for any help you can provide! —Thiel -- --Thiel

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 rsmith71269 posts in 3282 days #1 posted 04-25-2011 04:37 AM Google the fibonacci ratio. I think it is 1.61 to 1. That is the rule of thumb I use with the ones I make and they look nice. I used this ratio on these crosses. -- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts devann2246 posts in 2932 days #2 posted 04-25-2011 05:15 AM I just made one and posted it yesterday as a new project. Here is a quick sketch with the dimensions. You can look at my projects get a better idea of the proportions. The numbers below are overall. I made one on top of the other keeping the same distance around the edges. -- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with ghazard382 posts in 3749 days #3 posted 05-04-2011 10:45 PM Thiel, If you have not completed this project yet here are the dims I have used. I feel this yeild a nice looking cross. Overall Proportions (In relation to overall height)Height 1.000Width 0.625 Left/Right 0.25Top 0.21875 Stock Width 0.125Thickness 0.078(So if overall height is 8” then overall width is 8 x .625 = 5” and so on. This is a general guide…) Incidentally, this is slightly opposite in porportion to Darrell’s cross above in that I make the left and right “arm” slightly longer than the top. However, maybe this differance in design is the most important point of all…as with many things there is no single correct answer here. Personal preference will drive the final design. I use a simple excel program where I enter just one of the dimensions and it will calculate the rest based on these proportions…or it can be easilly changed to custom proportions. PM me if you want and I’ll email it to you. I also have a few crosses posted in my projects if you want to take a look at what these proportions look like. Good luck. Greg -- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!" hObOmOnk1381 posts in 4367 days #4 posted 05-05-2011 12:39 AM There are as many types of crosses as there are types of Christianity.Find a type of cross you like and study the ratios. -- 温故知新 mightywombat17 posts in 2826 days #5 posted 05-06-2011 09:16 PM I would agree with the suggestion that you use the Fibbonacci ratio, or the Golden Ratio/Phi. Here’s a link to the Wikipedia page about the Golden Ratio. Hopefully you should be able to take it from there. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio -- Make it, hack it, break it, fix it.