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12-07-2020 12:50 PM

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I am making a cross for gifts on Christmas. My question is how to join the intersecting members. They are mitre and accuracy is very important. I would use biscuits but another idea would help.

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#1 posted 12-07-2020 01:41 PM

I made 1 using half lap joinery.

I used a RAS, but a table saw would work.

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#2 posted 12-07-2020 03:02 PM

+1 on half lap.

You can add mitered inlays for contrast and effect. These are easy to get right.

Trying to make a 4 way mitered cross is going to be tough to make and fragile when complete.

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#3 posted 12-07-2020 04:17 PM

Yep, cross lap is easiest most straight forward. I usually do a dado blade on table saw. If you want to do something crazier I have seen a mitered cross lap that looked pretty cool, so the sides had pointed ends going in towards the upright. This was done by hand. Also can do with the mitered abutments that really brings up the custom look way over a simple lap:

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#4 posted 12-07-2020 04:47 PM

All my cross projects are done with a half lap. Quick and easy. This creates my “core” (I use BB plywood) and I embellish the cross afterwards with bits and pieces.

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#5 posted 12-07-2020 06:23 PM

I’ve been thinking about a similar project. My plan is to use a plywood substrate and add thick veneers to the top & sides to get the grain pattern I want.

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