Wednesday Woodworking – Finished Cross, TaDa!

Here it is, the finished cross:

Front of the finished cross with base.

Front of the finished cross with base.

Back of the cross with the base.

Back of the cross with the base.

 

Some asked for an extreme closeup of the pattern.  I won’t disappoint:

Extreme closeup of the fretwork.  The scale is in inches.  Yes most of the holes are smaller than your finger nail.

Extreme closeup of the fretwork. The scale is in inches. Yes most of the holes are smaller than your finger nail.

Another close up.

Another close up.

This is really the fourth cross I’ve done.  The first of these I did three years ago while recovering from my radiation treatments.  Here’s a post on that, https://andrewsviewoftheweek.com/2012/05/16/mostly-finished-the-cross/

I found the pattern in the Holiday 2011 (issue 45) of ScrollSaw Woodworking and Crafts magazine.  The pattern designer is Sue Mey ( she sells patterns including this one ).  When I first saw it, it just called to me so I grabbed some plywood, tape and the pattern and went at it.  Then I did what is known as a stack cut and made three at once.  One was given to my grandson, one sold at a church auction and the third I kept.

This current cross started out in the summer of 2013 when my church had to cut down a 40 year-old silver maple tree.  There are a few woodworkers in the congregation and we each took some of the wood for projects.  I just knew I had to make another cross with the wood.  The boards are 1/2 inch thick so I could only one.

Some small facts about the project:

Size:  17.8″ tall, 11.3″ across, width of boards, 3.2″
Time: I estimate I took about 50 hours to cut this.  The wood is thick and hard.
Blades: I buy scroll saw blades by the gross and I just about 90 to cut this.

The cross just needs a coat of finish and I’ll give it to the church.  Don’t know what they’ll do with it, but I’m hoping it could be used in the chapel.

I’ve enjoyed this project and may cut another cross or two before I check out of this planet.  It’s a great winter project so I might start another set of crosses this fall (yes, I am going to use thinner wood and stack cut three or four next time). No idea what I’ll do with them, likely just offer them for sale or give them as gifts.

Hope you enjoyed following my progress – even if it was a bit like watching paint dry.

If you need me – I’ll be in the shop,
Andrew

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I work in the high tech world doing software release engineering 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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42 Responses to Wednesday Woodworking – Finished Cross, TaDa!

  1. It is very meaningful and touching

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  2. This cross is just amazing, Andrew. I am sure the church will be thrilled and will find a special spot for it. You do such wonderful work!

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  3. That is an amazing work of art. Three crosses–are they for children or grandchildren?

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  4. kkessler833 says:

    Great work!

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  5. Ingmar Ellenberger says:

    It’s spectacular. The attention to detail is awesome. Seriously, I’m in awe of your skill and patience.

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  6. Raymond Lockley says:

    Very cool!

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  7. cmrsyk1985 says:

    Amazingly intricate, Andrew! Great work 🙂

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  8. Congratulations! Beautiful work!!!

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  9. jfwknifton says:

    That is really wonderful work, really, really good. Well done!

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  10. You have made a beautiful rendition of “the old rugged cross”. What type of finish will you use on it? Ω

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  11. gpcox says:

    Congrats, Andrew!! Another masterpiece!!

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  12. oh2bhuman says:

    Wow that’s beautiful

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  13. A very exceptional piece of craftsmanship and devotion. Being un-Christian, I am free to envy your skills without feeling any guilt…

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  14. YAPCaB says:

    The craftsmanship is unbelievable. You should be very proud.

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  15. Tori J. says:

    It’s amazing how much detail you put into this project, and it turned out absolutely beautiful!

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  16. Congratulations ! It’s beautiful. It must feel good to design something so intricate and see it from start to finish.
    Shine On

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  17. Harlon says:

    Congratulations, a beautiful and remarkable achievement – on many levels. Stay well, Harlon

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  18. Beautiful. Well done!

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  19. Greg Merritt says:

    Spectacular work Andrew! Quite an accomplishment, congratulations. I have a pretty good feeling that your church will be more than pleased to both receive and display it.

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    • Andrew says:

      It turned out better than I expected. I wasn’t sure about some of the detailed cutting, but I managed it. I’m sure they’ll like it.

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  20. Beautiful work. Something to be proud if.

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