Oak Cross

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Project by oldrivers posted 02-28-2014 01:07 AM 1667 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this Cross for the Methodist Church in Town Creek, Al. I have a neighbor that attends there.
They were doing some renovating on the building which is over a Hundred years old (founded in 1872) Years ago the building was move to Town Creek from Ebenezer Al. (Just east of Courtland about 7-9 miles) moved there on logs drawn by Oxen? Mrs. Janet drew a sketch for a 5 ft. cross asks me to build it for the Church;I gladly agreed to do as she ask. The Cross is about five tall and is built from 2×6 and 2×8 oak stacked. I mitered the ends and added an end piece so that no end grain was showing even on the attached ends neither was end grain showing where they joined together. I also made the center connections with a 45 degree cut to the center of each board to form the “X” or cross in the center. I did a keyhole mounting slot on the back side of each arm in order for the Cross to hang flat against the wall with no fasteners showing. (Golden Oak Stain and Poly top coat.)They were happy with the completed work, which I donated to the Church.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#1 posted 02-28-2014 02:52 AM


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#2 posted 02-28-2014 03:31 AM

Very nice project, tight miters all around. Good work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 02-28-2014 04:22 AM

That’s the right heart O’Neals!!!!!! Ohh beautiful cross to match donated gift!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#4 posted 02-28-2014 05:25 AM

Beautiful workmanship! Wonderful generosity.

You will be forever in the churchgoing people’s mind and heart as they come to worship each Sunday.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 02-28-2014 11:30 AM

Very nice job, the cross and the wood choice look great…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 02-28-2014 01:44 PM

Great looking cross, a beautiful focal point for their sanctuary.

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#7 posted 02-28-2014 06:17 PM

Very nice!

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#8 posted 02-28-2014 10:50 PM

It’s some of the simpliest work that is so hard to get just right. Beautiful job and thanks for making a cross!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 03-01-2014 12:47 AM

Can I ask a (probably stupid) newbie question? Could you elaborate on what you mean by “I mitered the ends and added an end piece so that no end grain was showing even on the attached ends neither was end grain showing where they joined together. ”? I’m not sure how you can do that, or maybe even what it means. Did you do something to the ends of the arms and the top and bottom of the upright?
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful cross. I’m just trying to figure out how you guys here do things.

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#10 posted 03-01-2014 03:57 AM

Thank for all the encouraging comments. juvat1980 this is not a stupid question and I will be delighted to be of help if I can. I will try to explain what I did and what I said how to not show end grain on the ends of the cross. Two reasons End grain lacks in most cases appearance and it is so porous it absorbs to much stain and never matches the other wood unless you seal and sand before staining (That’s another story)
Cut the 2x on the end @ 45 degrees take the drop (cut off portion) and cut off the 45 deg. Tip 1-1/2” inches from the long point at 90 Degrees the distance from the long point of the 45 must be cut to the exact length as the thickness of the board you are using in this case 1-1/2” you have a triangle, Now flip one side of the 45Degree cut faces the other 45DEG. End grain to end grain the flat sawed side out and the other end grain to the wall. Now note the wording (no end grain is showing,) when you turn the triangle cut off and turn it correctly the end grain on all ends of the cross face the wall and none are visible and the flow of the wood is in harmony. I drew you a stept by stept sketch but I can not get it to copy to this page. If this is not clear send me a PM and we will go from there, may you have a blessed ay. O’Neal

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#11 posted 03-01-2014 12:44 PM

Beautiful cross.

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#12 posted 03-01-2014 03:34 PM

Thanks, Got it! Looks like I’m going to be practicing miters for a bit.

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#13 posted 03-01-2014 04:46 PM

Beautiful work! I’m sure it will be treasured by the church for generations.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#14 posted 05-29-2014 02:13 PM

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