The Cross and Rosary - My smallest work

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 06-29-2010 04:01 PM 1767 views 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I just want to share this smallest work I have done. The big cross including the pedestal is 6 inches high and width is only 2 inches. The small cross as the rosary pendant is only 1/2” x 1” with the wood strip of 2 mm x 2 mm. I have at least two wasted tries before I successfully made it.

The rosary was actually very memorable to me but I lost the pendant. This rosary was the thanksgiving gift or memorable giveaway on my Aunt Choleng and Uncle Santiago 50th wedding. Presently they cannot recognize anyone anymore…

The cross and pedestal came out during the time I bought my brand new car (4 years ago May 31 2006). I want something to guide me safely in my driving. From the box of scraps, the pedestal was one of my offcuts when I made the smallest plane (Yakal and Guava) and the bigger pedestal part is Kamagong (Ebony). The Big cross is MOLAVE. The pendant cross is KAMAGONG.

If ever I will make again…. I can but not so small. It is too difficult to make a half lap joint with just 1 mm thick left on each piece. One drop of glue is too much to clean without breaking the cross. Until now, I am so careful in handling this delicate work…

ON PICTURE NO. 5 AND NO. 6 you can see how I corrected the errors I made. I don’t have a very small chisel to make the mortise on the pedestal. I had to drill it and the intension was to round the cross end but the drill used was oversized. TO CORRECT IT, I plug it in with EBONY and nevermind if the plugs are protruding. They look original and intended to be it. Nobody noticed this error till I told them that was my mistake.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 06-29-2010 05:50 PM

wow Bert, between the table and this project you’ve been busy. This is very nice. I really like the ebony wedges. It makes it look real.

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

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