Celtic Cross

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Project by GunPowder posted 12-16-2011 12:06 AM 1808 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch


After admiring much of y’alls work for the last few months I finally broke down and created a profile to share some of my own. Here’s my first.

I made this cross for my church and delivered it on Easter Sunday 2007. It is the 3rd of five donated projects that took place between 2006-2009.

It is 14'-0"T. x 8'0"W. The inner circle is a little over 3'-0" in dia. Every bit of it used 3/4" dimensional red oak that was "boxed" to replicate what would have been a very heavy solid beam 8" square. All edges were then routed to hide seams. The inside "cut outs" of the main vertical & horizontal beam intersection were done essentially using a barrel stave approach. The inner circle is 6" square and was made by making two arched forms matching the inner & outer radii of the ring. I then ripped the lumber into 1/8” thick wafers that I then glued back up and clamped to the forms. I purposefully ran them wider & longer than I needed in order to then rip them to dimension. Once done, I then assembled the inner & outer ring panels and sandwiched them between planking that was cut to a slightly fatter curve. Once these were assembled the inner & outer curves were sanded flush with a belt sander and all edges routed as mentioned above. They were then dry fitted, cut to their final length, and attached to the inside corners of the cross.

This effort then served as a prototype for the hammer beam project which was project #4. I’ll get this posted soon.

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

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#1 posted 12-16-2011 01:10 AM

So nice! I love making crosses, although I wouldn’t want to attempt one this massive.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#2 posted 12-16-2011 10:48 AM

I have just one word for you: MAGNIFICENT!

Being of Irish and Scots origins (among others), I have a special love of celtic crosses. Your church must feel very lucky.

As they say in the gaelic, “caide mille falte!”.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 12-16-2011 05:37 PM

This is really good work

I made a cross for my church years ago—not quite as big, but a challenge.
I just realized I never took pictures, and now we changed churches

Thanks for sharing


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#4 posted 12-16-2011 09:52 PM

Beautifully done. Your hammer beams brought me to you work but, your cross is nicely done. You should post more of your work.

-- "Let he who does not work in wood, find something else that's half as good." (can't remember who I'm quoting)

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#5 posted 12-18-2011 08:03 AM

It is amazing how you did this work in the space you have. The craftmanship is wonderful and the proportions are perfect.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 08-26-2012 03:58 AM

did u do it for free ?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 08-27-2012 12:58 PM

@ Moron… yes I did and not just the cross but all the other church related projects.

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