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Blog entry by BB1 posted 01-08-2022 07:36 PM 309 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used some online plans to build a couple layered crossed (see project post)
I wanted to see if I could simplify a bit, allowing for use of various width pieces given the original required all at 1/4 inch due to the layering. I omitted the layering for the center. Used a wider piece and then half-lapped.

Also going to be more patient (not my tendency!!) and am doing the glueup in stages

And here are a few pictures to show the dimensions

I’ll post the final when glue dries and I can sand and finish.



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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 01-08-2022 09:06 PM

Nice work, Barbara. I like the contrasting wood…............Cheers,JIm

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Eric

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#2 posted 01-09-2022 12:48 AM

The half lap looks good and as Jim said great color contrast. Glue up stages should work out well, it does make it easier at times.

-- Eric, building the dream

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BB1

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#3 posted 01-09-2022 01:59 AM

Jim and Eric – I think the contrast is key. The original design has more visual interest with different “levels” whereas this allows for differences in width of individual pieces but is more simple.

One coat of finish

I was trying another and messed up my first cut so ended up with a smaller one. The half lap was so tight I hammered it together…and it’s not coming apart! Going to have to come up with a different background it’s too small to do any segments.

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Eric

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#4 posted 01-09-2022 02:51 AM

Each of those have good half lap joints. Well done.

-- Eric, building the dream

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BB1

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#5 posted 01-09-2022 02:54 AM



Each of those have good half lap joints. Well done.

- Eric


The first one required some “sanding filler” as I slightly overcut the width, but the second I did a much better job sneaking up on the fit and getting the cleanup with a chisel. Patience is key with cutting/fitting as well as with the glueup!

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splintergroup

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#6 posted 01-09-2022 03:16 PM

Nice and beefy half laps! Will hold up if needed for vampires 8^)

Your “first finish coat” is exposing some neat design aspects. The darker border segments make the center section really stand out. I can see how playing with the wood colors and positions could create neat shadow effects.

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BB1

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#7 posted 01-09-2022 03:26 PM

Splintergroup – the wood combinations are key from my perspective. I spent a while one afternoon just placing various cutoffs together to find colors that gave contrast but were still appealing together, at least to my eye. Have some more ideas to try out…

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BB1

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#8 posted 01-09-2022 08:12 PM

Finish applied. Poplar (regular for main cross and then heat-treated for the first side piece) and a mystery wood (outer pieces…medium brown color and is very soft – no idea what it is as it was in a random bundle I picked up at my wood source)

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