Now most would say that it is not really rocket science to build a cross but there can be challenges involved. The cross is for the church commission I am doing. Since it is a Roman Catholic church it will have a figure of Jesus crucified on it. The term to re-fering to it is a crucifix. The figure of Jesus (called a corpus) they bought from Italy for some big $$$ is 5 feet tall and has sat in a box in my shop for several months. I showed it to the guys on the tour when they were here. It is 5 feet tall and I am told that the cross should be 2x the height of the corpus so the cross should be 10 feet tall. The horizontal part should be 1/2 the height or 5 feet. Now we all kn ow that if you buy a piece of rough hardwood 10 feet long some of it will be un-usable so I need to use a piece 12 feet long. The thickness I want is 8/4 and and looking at the corpus I want 8 inches finished so I scoure all of Arizona and cannot find a single stick on 8/44 12 feet long and 10 inches wide so what to do.
So I decide that I can do it using 1/2 lap joints on the back of the cross. It will be against the wall and no one will see it.
Here is some raw lumber
Here is the top part and cross piece milled to fit and
here is how it will fit together.
The joints will be further reinforced since I am putting a French cleat accross the back to hang it to the wall