Contemporary Cross project #2: Beginning construction

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Blog entry by kevinw posted 11-24-2010 04:52 AM 1397 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made a very rough prototype next out of some scrap pine. I won’t explain the steps here, just thought the prototype would help you visualize what is happening. I wanted to resolve these steps without wasting a bunch of good wood. The inner color I just colored a bit with a marker to help see what the cherry might look like it as it was all pine.[email protected]/5202583407/in/set-72157625449931604/

The next step I took is to mill out two contrasting woods to roughly equal size and thickness. In this case I chose ash and cherry as I like the value and color contrast and they are both nice woods to work with.[email protected]/5199769925/in/set-72157625449931604/

I next took my trusty glue gun and fastened the two pieces together. I didn’t use a lot of glue as I wanted to separate the pieces later. This was just a temporary hold. Another option would have been to glue them together with paper between them like some woodturners do.[email protected]/5199771123/in/set-72157625449931604/

Now I took the pattern you saw earlier and cut out the two pieces and spray mounted them into position on the two layer block of wood.[email protected]/5200366266/in/set-72157625449931604/

In the next post we will start sawing out the pieces on the bandsaw. By temporarily fastening the two boards together I will saw out two identical pieces that I can mix and match when I reglue to get the desired pattern.

Thanks for reading. Hope you are enjoying it!

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#1 posted 11-24-2010 07:00 AM

cool design – looks like it’ll be a good lookin cross

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 11-24-2010 01:55 PM

Thanks Dakremer. Hope you are having a great day.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#3 posted 11-24-2010 09:17 PM

Kevin, I make a lot of crosses, but yours adds a whole new demention to them. Great Job and design!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 11-25-2010 12:19 AM

Thanks Cozmo35.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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