The Twelve Crosses of Christmas

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 12-06-2015 01:56 AM 1379 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Things to do with odd pieces of oak:

#74 Make 12 hand crosses for gifts.

I made a dozen small, rounded crosses to give as gifts this year. They started out as a piece of oak that I found beside the road in a piece of broken up furniture. I made a pattern freehand on a piece of cardboard and traced them out on the wood.

Cutting them out on the band saw made short work of that chore. I’m pretty sure I broke the blade during this operation and had to buy another. After sanding the edges smooth, they were run through the router to round the corners over as well. A coat or two of linseed oil finished them up and brought out the grain. They measure about 3-1/2×2 inches.

Because of the wayward way I cut them, they are not truly identical. Each one is unique. Also note that I traced them out on the diagonal to help minimize any possibility of the arms snapping off. They feel very nice in the hand and while not intended as one of the twisted variety of ‘comfort’ crosses, they would suit that purpose well.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 12-06-2015 04:24 AM

Of course they will serve well. Another wood scrap saving project – well done.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 12-06-2015 01:27 PM

I have a buddy that does these Crosses and hands them out to people in hospitals. I made one for my Mom, she is 81.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#3 posted 12-06-2015 05:56 PM

I think this project started as a single cross for one of our church members who I was told had no cross. When my wife saw it, she put in an order for a few more, so I just filled up the board with outlines. These are a lot easier to make than ones that require a cross-lap joint and they feel better in the hand.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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