Roadside Cross for JR

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Project by SawDustnSplinters posted 08-04-2008 03:34 AM 2323 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a roadside marker I made for a family whose young son was killed in a fatal vehicle accident just south east of my shop in Academy, Tx and near Rogers,Tx on Hwy 36 which is nicknamed “the Highway of Death” since it has a very high fatal accident rate here in Texas. I made it out of native cedar and used Spar urethane to protect it from the elements. The commercially available plastic flowers and roadside markers just do not stand the test of time around here. It is hard to tell from the picture but on his initials J R and his school football jersey number # 22 I routed a 1/4 inch deep groove and inlayed atomized copper mixed with Inlace clear epoxy. I was thinking that over time the copper will patina to blue or green. I also drilled a hole at the bottom so rebar could be pushed through and tied into more rebar and cemented down good to deter any vandals.

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#1 posted 08-04-2008 04:36 AM

I am truly sorry for your and your family’s loss…

What a great roadside memorial you have created. May it be a source of comfort and remembrance.

Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 08-04-2008 04:41 AM

Frank: I’ve seen many on the hyways before but Never stopped to look at them. A great job. Tell the family that we are very sorry for their loss.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 08-04-2008 06:06 AM

Hi Frank;

This was a very kind and thoughtful thing for you to do.

That is a tragedy I don’t even want to imagine for a family to endure.

Very nice, and I hope the family receives some comfort from it.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 08-04-2008 01:11 PM

I, too, send my condolences to family and friends.
The cross, i’m sure, will help during this terrible time.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 08-04-2008 07:37 PM

Artful, and very sobering. This kind of work can be very difficult but also very rewarding. It takes deep personal commitment to seek out or to find a project like this on your list. Thanks for this post and you can be assured that your efforts will bring many prayers and keep alive the memory for those who are left behind.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#6 posted 08-05-2008 12:47 PM

Thanks for posting this. I am sorry for the loss.

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#7 posted 10-24-2008 05:31 AM

What a shame to lose a life so young. My condolences to the family. There must be something they can do to help deter so many accidents. A sign with crosses and the current number of deaths would be eye opening and hopefully help if the situation is from speeding.

I’m very sorry for your loss. Words can not readily express the sadness.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 03-08-2012 04:47 AM

All I can say is WOW! That is really cool.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#9 posted 03-08-2012 05:28 AM

Thanx Ark…it has been a long time since anyone posted on this, but the upside is I remembered this and his passing at so young an age. And when you remember those that passed well they live again…So once again Thanx


-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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