Wednesday Woodworking – starting the cross

I wrote about starting this project in my post, “Of Birthdays and Crosses.”  Well, it’s underway.

The cross is two pieces of silver maple from the tree the church had to cut down last summer.  The pieces are about 1/2 inch thick and the cross is 18 inches high and 12 inches across.

The plan is to cut a couple of hours a week on this and have it done in time for Easter.  The cutting is proving difficult and this last week I ordered some Flying Dutchman blades from Mike’s Workshop. I’ve never used these blades before but have hopes they’ll make my cutting easier.  Let me give a shout-out to Mike for great customer service.  I placed the order last Tuesday, got a call from him the same day to deal with a problem on the order and on Friday my blades were delivered.  If you need scroll saw blades, call my buddy Mike – he’ll take care of you.

And now the pictures:

Fretwork cross

The two boards that will make up the cross.

Fretwork cross

Pieces clamped together with the pattern behind

Fretwork cross

Just finished cutting the half lap joints

Fretwork cross

Glued up and in clamps

Fretwork cross

Taped up and ready to apply the pattern

Fretwork cross

Paper pattern on and ready to cut.

Next Wednesday I’ll have some pictures of progress on cutting the fret work.  Also I’ll post the credit for the pattern.  I got the pattern out of a Scroll Saw magazine but for the life me I can’t it find to give proper credit today but I’ll have that sorted out by next time.

If you need me – I’ll be in the shop.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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1 Response to Wednesday Woodworking – starting the cross

  1. Your fretwork is beautiful: works of art !


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