Easter Cross

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Project by Pimzedd posted 04-14-2020 08:56 PM 437 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cross that I made for my daughter and her family. I had bought the brass cross with the figure of Christ on it at an estate sale a couple of years ago. I had an idea of what I wanted to do with but never seemed to get started. I decided with Easter coming this year I would give it a try.

All the joints that can be viewed are mitered using a shooting board I built to make mitered boxes. The wood for the center piece is purpleheart. The next layer is maple. The dark outer wood is a mystery. It is an estate sale purchase and is very dark. When I scraped the saw marks off, it had a couple of purple streaks but looked nothing like the purpleheart I have. The finish is a coat of shellac and then a coat of semi-gloss lacquer.

After I finished the cross I decided it needed a stand. I had some Bethlehem Olive wood from an estate sale purchase that became the base. The olive wood was hand planned and then straight to the buffer.

The first photo is the result of what my grandkids did with the cross. They have a tradition on Easter Sunday where they have cross about 5 ft. tall covered in chicken wire (at least that is what we call it in West Texas). All the children come forward and place cut flowers in the openings in the wire and when they are finished it is no longer a rugged cross but a beautiful cross. Due to the virus, they kids did not get to do that at church this year. So my grandkids decided to flower the cross that I made for them. They picked wild flowers growing in their neighborhood. I love it!

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#1 posted 04-15-2020 01:59 PM

Beautiful, Bill.

The dark wood might be walnut. I’ve had some that had blue and purple streaks.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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