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This is a cross I just finished for our church. It's made from walnut with an oak onlay. It is finished with Watco Danish oil. I hand sanded in the first two coats of oil with 220 grit wet/dry automotive sand paper. Then I applied two more coats of oil and the end grain is as smooth as glass. I used strip lights inside for lighting. It's set off the wall by 5/8" using 4 walnut dowels. The cross menber is one piece and the uprights are two pieces. I made the up right as one piece then cut them apart later on. Worked out nicely.
Some interesting ways I had to come up using clamps. Oh! sorry about the blured photos. I dropped my digital camera and this is the result. Now I have to buy a new camera. Darn the luck. Could have used the money for tools.
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Dave that is outstanding, I would love to see some more pics of how you laid it up and did the angles etc I really like the finish.

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I love it when new members jump right in with pics of there projects and tools Dave. The cross turned out great. Keep em coming.

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Dave, this is one great looking cross. The jointery is fantastic.




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That is one beautifully designed and made cross Dave, I wonder how long you stood and stared at it when it was finished, I know that I would have had difficulty parting with it.

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I didn't take a ton of pictures of this one. Here is a couple photos of a mockup I made before I ever started cutting the walnut. On the cross member I made the entire box assembly first. Once the basic box was made I added the oak strip to the top. Then I stood the piece up and cut the angles on the long section first. The end piece was the difficult part. I had to put my aux fence on which was about 10" tall. I then clamped a brace to the cross member so it would slide along the fence without tilting left or right. Before I could clamp it I had to cut a piece that would fit over the already cut top section. You can see the oak clamp block in one of the pictures. In one of the original pictures you can see all the bracing I put on the inside to keep the sections stable. In the one photo you can see how I had to improvize a bungee cord to apply enough tension on the joint so it would be perfictly parallel. Believe it or not , it worked. When I finished and layed it down it was absolutly flat on the bottom. The most difficult part was the long and short piece. I had to cut the angle on just the board first. After the angles were cut and the pieces attached I had to go back and add on the short 2" skirting. There wasn't any way to cut the the pieces apart and have them fit together with the side pieces already attached. Very interesting project. Alot of think time.
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I didn't take a ton of pictures of this one. Here is a couple photos of a mockup I made before I ever started cutting the walnut. On the cross member I made the entire box assembly first. Once the basic box was made I added the oak strip to the top. Then I stood the piece up and cut the angles on the long section first. The end piece was the difficult part. I had to put my aux fence on which was about 10" tall. I then clamped a brace to the cross member so it would slide along the fence without tilting left or right. Before I could clamp it I had to cut a piece that would fit over the already cut top section. You can see the oak clamp block in one of the pictures. In one of the original pictures you can see all the bracing I put on the inside to keep the sections stable. In the one photo you can see how I had to improvize a bungee cord to apply enough tension on the joint so it would be perfictly parallel. Believe it or not , it worked. When I finished and layed it down it was absolutly flat on the bottom. The most difficult part was the long and short piece. I had to cut the angle on just the board first. After the angles were cut and the pieces attached I had to go back and add on the short 2" skirting. There wasn't any way to cut the the pieces apart and have them fit together with the side pieces already attached. Very interesting project. Alot of think time.
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