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    Building the cross - Completed

    This is actually a continuation of the four way Mitre thread. Just thought I would start a new thread on the actual building of the cross to differentiate it.

    The cross is made with three-quarter inch Sapele plywood. As you can see it is essentially a box beam. Very light very strong for its size. Which is a big plus when you have to mount it 15 feet above the floor.

    The ends are mitered and there is some trim to be attached. The face will receive some half inch square ebony plugs and the perimeter will be trimmed with 1" x 0.5" quartersawn Mahogany.


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    Looking good Rennie. I don't know if you noticed but . . . a washer and dryer snuck into your shop. There's one of each in my shop too!?! I thought they were just native to the area but, apparently the problem is more widespread than first believed ;-)
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    Looks good Rennie, I'f I may offer one small comment. I would have mitered the top and side to make it easier to hide the plys. I did that on the top for the altar I built and it worked out very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    Looks good Rennie, I'f I may offer one small comment. I would have mitered the top and side to make it easier to hide the plys. I did that on the top for the altar I built and it worked out very well.
    The edge of the ply will be covered by the 1/2" thick mahogany trim. It will stand 1/8" proud of the face of the cross to both outline it and give me a nice shadow line around the entire perimeter. At least, that's the plan. There will be a second matching band of trim at the back of the sides that will help conceal an LED strip light.

    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Looking good Rennie. I don't know if you noticed but . . . a washer and dryer snuck into your shop. There's one of each in my shop too!?! I thought they were just native to the area but, apparently the problem is more widespread than first believed ;-)
    The trick, and this is not easy at times, is to always think of it as "there is a laundry in my shop", rather than "there is a shop in your laundry".
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    I thought they were just native to the area but, apparently the problem is more widespread than first believed ;-)
    What, No freezer or 2nd fridge?

    I fooled them by putting my shop in the basement.

    Oh yeah, nice job Rennie. I'm curious to see how the LEDs will make it look. Going for the floating backlit affect?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mulder View Post
    What, No freezer or 2nd fridge?

    I fooled them by putting my shop in the basement.

    Oh yeah, nice job Rennie. I'm curious to see how the LEDs will make it look. Going for the floating backlit affect?
    The second refrigerator is outside the view of the camera but it is there!

    Yes, with the backlighting I hope to have a floating effect. Time will tell.

    With the holidays upon us there's not much time for the shop however, I was able to get A coat of danish oil on this morning. I marked out the spots for the square plugs first and will put those in later.
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    Your intersection turned out great, what method did you go with?
    Looking forward to the light show pix
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cook View Post
    Your intersection turned out great, what method did you go with?
    Looking forward to the light show pix
    Used a stop on the miter gauge - cut once, flip over, cut again. Made sure to keep the piece over length till I was satisfied with the fit then cut the 90 to final length.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    Used a stop on the miter gauge - cut once, flip over, cut again. Made sure to keep the piece over length till I was satisfied with the fit then cut the 90 to final length.
    Thanks, again great job, I wouldn't of thought of leaving the length till after, I'll bookmark that in the ole noggin
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    Building the cross

    Finally had some time after the excitement of the holidays subsided. So, I was able to get out into the shop and put some of the finishing touches on the cross.

    The mahogany trim and ebony plugs are in and I have applied the sealer coat of shellac. Next decision, whether I want to fill the garage with lacquer fumes or take a few extra days and use a wipe on polyurethane.
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