Crosses with inlay.

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Project by Jim Finn posted 02-23-2014 06:19 PM 1500 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here in West Texas crosses are very popular for people to collect and display in their homes. I have made twenty of them and have sold two already. I plan to sell them at some local festivals and street fairs. One of these is made of mahogany and the rest of cedar , all with maple inlays. 18” Tall and 3/8” thick. The way I make them is: after re-sawing to 3/8” and sanding smooth I cut the wood to 3 1/2” wide by 18” and 12”, place them one over the other and hot glue them in place, front and back. I then cut this unit diagonally through there center on my miter saw. Then make two cuts on the halves to make four pieces. Remove the scrap and glue the four pieces together and hold in place with masking tape. (kinda hard to clamp) After glue sets up I like to put the inlay at the intersection and cut a slight taper on the four pieces tapering smaller toward the intersection. The inlay helps hold this otherwise weak end grain joint together. When I put the inlay near the bottom I do the inlay before assembly. On those I glue a 1/8” doubler to the back at the intersection. I use the double bevel inlay method which only involves a scroll saw and glue.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#1 posted 02-23-2014 06:43 PM

wow, they look very nice, love the inlay, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 02-23-2014 09:10 PM

Nice work Jim.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 02-24-2014 01:43 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed Jim! Great Workmanship! Love The One with the two little Children.

Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 03-03-2014 02:31 PM

Wonderful crosses! Awesome designs, gorgeous woods used and cool inlays. Great work!

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#5 posted 03-03-2014 02:33 PM

Jim, these are so well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 05-14-2014 09:01 PM

Those are super looking.
Love the inlay work.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Living the american dream in central Texas !

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