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    cross for my church

    I recently joined a new church. New both in the sense it has only recently formed and I officially joined about two weeks ago.
    The cross behind the alter was, IMHO, an unattractive wire thing that came from a discount store. We needed better. So after our pastor accepted my offer to make one, I did.
    It is made from walnut with ash in the center for accent. It stands 3' tall.
    This was a fairly simple project with only one real challenge for me.
    Cutting the half-lap was not something I looked forward to doing. I had to use the table saw and I always look for alternate methods before turning on the vicious 'grand dad finger eliminator'. To make the multiple cuts for the rebate I had to stand directly over the blade and look down to see where my cut was taking place. I didn't like doing that. But, a wise expert told me that is the best way to do it. He has a beard so he has to be wise and knowledgeable.
    After the cuts I had to clean up with Neander techniques.
    I also learned just how valuable a jointer is in a shop. Those long glue-ups would not have been accurate any other way. (Neanders need not speak up at this time. )
    I glued together with Titebond II and put some flat head screws in back for good measure.
    Finished with rattle can poly.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails glued up.jpg   pieces.jpg   half lap.jpg   cross completed.jpg  
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    Very nice Frank both the cross and the gesture for your new Church. You could have used a router for the half lap too.
    cheers

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    That looks very nice Frank! Table saw with dado set would have been my tool of choice for the half lap.
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    Very nice Frank. I'm getting ready to build a 10 footer, ya wanna come and help ?
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    don yu got chairs to finish not a start another project glad yu got it done with out becoming another victum to the finger club yu mentioned frank
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
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    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    don yu got chairs to finish not a start another project glad yu got it done with out becoming another victum to the finger club yu mentioned frank
    Chairs are done, I'm working on the Lectern now but I gotta get the cross done while the construction folks are there so they can hang it.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    ok you are excussed today for this then
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

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    Frank I like it. I have to do one for my church but I need to also hide the snake(sound system ) with it..

    I hope it ends up 1/2 as nice as yours....
    Garry
    Last edited by Garry Foster; 07-12-2010 at 08:49 PM.

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    That came out looking real nice, Frank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Very nice Frank both the cross and the gesture for your new Church. You could have used a router for the half lap too.
    I have two routers but am not very router savvy.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

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