Here it is, the finished cross:
Some asked for an extreme closeup of the pattern. I won’t disappoint:
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,