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04-03-2014 11:55 PM

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I was just volunteered,by my wife, to build a unity cross for freinds wedding. after seeing what it looked like I really need help making the inside cross! any help will be appreciated

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Paul Maurer

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#1 posted 04-04-2014 04:43 AM

From a board, cut to fit inside, Drill the holes, lay out a pattern, cut it out on the band saw or scroll saw. Carve that and carefully sand.
If you are short on tools or time, I would buy one.

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#2 posted 04-04-2014 01:22 PM

Wives are great for volunteering us for projects. What happens if we volunteer them for something?
I’m looking forward to seeing the final project.

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#3 posted 10-09-2014 10:19 PM

Greetings NDakota and other wood workers,

Please let it be known that making any type of cross assembly for a wedding or other ceremony is a direct infringement on our protected Patented rights and using any name resembling “Unity Cross” is a direct violation of our protected Trademarks, issued by the USPTO. You are now on notice to cease and desist making, manufacturing, selling, and our promoting any said likeness immediately. (10-09-2014) Any further infringement WILL be prosecuted (at your expense) to the fullest extent of the law. Ignorance of said laws and protections is not a defense and we recommend that you seek legal counsel for proper understanding of your actions. Not only will you Liable yourselves but you will also Liable those that you sell it to. For questions about your infringements we recommend seeking qualified legal advice.

Thank you,
Michael Letney
Unity Cross Inc.
cc- HJK Law Assoc.

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#4 posted 10-10-2014 12:26 AM

Dakota, OLd wrangler recently did one and it’s in his projects,
You’ll also notice that “Patentinfringment” has posted there because his knickers are in a twist. I REALLY don’t think that you can patent the cross unless your initials are JC, but whatever

Wrangler’s is WAY nicer than the machine stamped items at unity cross inc. that’s prolly what pissed of the other guy, go for it and do a nice one, BUT, don’t post any pics of it to give the troll any fodder.

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#5 posted 10-10-2014 12:47 AM

I think we should ALL make one and ALL post them as projects with pictures…

Give Mister PatentInfringement so much to do he’ll never dig out from under it all…


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#6 posted 10-10-2014 01:05 AM

I made a post on their Facebook page asking if this guy is for real. It’s so absurd I’m wondering if it’s some disgruntled employee (or a competitor that lost a case to them?) trying to smear their reputation. I’d have to consult my legal advisor but I don’t think patent law does anything to regulate private crafts and hobbies. It would protect the trademark and also prevent others from selling similar items under the same name. If that’s the case, it makes no sense for a company to spend resources going after such individuals.

Perhaps we’ll hear some clarification from the company soon.

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#7 posted 10-10-2014 01:16 AM

Please let it be known that making any type of cross assembly for a wedding or other ceremony is a direct infringement on our protected Patented rights

That is ridiculous, they can’t stop you from making your own cross. It’s the symbol of Christianity for gosh sake! Are they going to sue every church w/ cross on the steeple for performing a wedding?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 10-10-2014 01:28 AM

any type of cross assembly for a wedding or ceremony?


I think that is absurd.

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#9 posted 10-10-2014 01:47 AM

I got an answer from my Facebook response. They said their response is applicable towards people who intend to take orders and sell Unity Crosses. That is of course reasonable but they really do need to learn a lot about online interaction. If I were in the same place I’d have made sure to avoid miscommunications by doing some interaction with the forum rather than cut and paste and run.

They did delete my Facebook posts so I guess they’re savvy enough to realize that this episode wouldn’t go over well with their customer base.

I’ve yet to see any major company issue a public cease and desist order in this manner. The PR teams of experienced firms probably know better ways to deal with those matters.

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#10 posted 10-10-2014 02:54 AM

JAAune, Well said!

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#11 posted 10-10-2014 03:06 AM

Call it something else with slight modifications. Chinese have perfected the ripoff.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 10-10-2014 03:19 AM

Bunch of BS

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#13 posted 10-10-2014 03:36 AM

Speaking of Chinese, those Unity Crosses start at $115 for what appears to be a composite cross with a generic wood base. If the Chinese enter the market, those people are doomed and it won’t be the odd woodworker that cost them their business.

Hopefully they spent the money to get international patents. A nation-wide patent is not much protection these days.

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#14 posted 10-10-2014 04:29 AM

Had these people just nicely asked me to respect their patent or copyright, I would have been much more receptive to their request. However a direct threat gets my hackles up and now it is not about the cross but their company’s integrity and my next “wedding rood” will be even more different.

Don’t these people know better to mess with old guys. Who’s for putting a bug in the Chinese ear about these items. They will flood the market and WalMart will have them for $9.99.

I ain’t scared of no stinking lawyers.

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#15 posted 10-10-2014 05:59 AM

This post did not come from a lawyer. It is from some company jerk who thinks that he can bully you with threats. A copy was sent to a supposed lawyer, but just because they did that did not give it any legal force. The phrase “unity cross” might be copyrighted, and their particular design might very well be patented. But as long as you don’t call it by their protected name or copy their design, you have every legal right in the world to build a cross for any purpose that you wish. Just the same as I may not call my hamburgers Big Mac, Whopper or any other trademarked name I have the right to produce all the burgers I wish. These people do not have the right to stop you from creating anything that you wish as long as you do not infringe upon their LIMITED protected line. Produce all the generic crosses you want and tell the bullies to pound sand.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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