Cross Just in time for Christmas

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Project by Doug posted 01-10-2013 10:17 PM 1048 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked by a member of the New Life Christian Church to build a 10-foot cross for their pulpit, as the one they had was too small. I was asked to make it resemble the pews which were made of oak stained dark. I decided to build it from some choice pine, and in the form of a hollow beam. The dimensions were 8”x5”. The cross arm intersects the main beam with a half lap. Inside the main beam are supports with 4 tee nuts epoxied into them. This i used to secure the cross arm with 1/4×20 bolts. So far so good. The problems left were how to finish it and how to make it stand up. The finish came pretty easy. I painted the pine with a yellow ochre color, let it dry, and then added a latex glaze, tinting it dark brown with some tint-all dye. I used a “rocker ” to simulate oak graining, using a piece of scrap finished oak I had in my scrap bin. I was pleasantly surprised how easily this was to create. The base I made from 3/4” MDF measured 30”x30”x 9”. A hole was cut into the middle of the top to hold the cross upright. To prevent any tipping, I placed 4 cinderblocks into the box base. Now I was confident this would work. Carrying the pieces into the church on Christmas Eve morning, I put the cross together. I stood it upright into the base, loaded it with the cinderblocks, and it went beyond my expectations. Usually there is a Murphy’s Law in there somewhere, but not this time! Best part was a few days later when the members of that church told me how beautiful the cross appeared at Christmas Eve service. As the lighting changed, so did the color of the cross. A great testament to shellac!

Happy New Year everyone.

-- Doug, Long Island, Winterwood

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#1 posted 01-11-2013 12:37 AM

Well done a good way to put it together.


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#2 posted 01-11-2013 02:33 PM

A magnificent cross, beautiful choice of wood and finish and great technique.


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#3 posted 01-11-2013 11:17 PM

Glorious Work and ingenious finish!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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