Easter Inlay Crosses

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Project Information
This was an experiment, nothing blew up thankfully!

I first saw this style inlay on a bowl lip made by Jim Jakosh, then I saw the workof recycle1943 (Dick) and knew I had to give it a try. Thanks for the "push" fellows!

Dick created some crosses with an inlay central line and the way he miters each arm together really solves a lot of design/appearance issues brought up with a simpler lap construction. 
At first I was hesitant to try the quad-miter because I knew it was all end grain and for a project that possibly will wall hang, the inevitable fall to the floor might test that joint.

It is really quite strong, but I spent a few minutes and installed a spline just in case 8^)

The crosses are 7"x10" (short arms protrude 3" and the long one is 6") Central wood and end caps are walnut with jatoba for the trim.
Finish is amber shellac

My interest was creating the inlay and these crosses were a fine test subject. I twisted some 12 AWG wire up with a drill and one end in the vise. One section went CCW and the other went CW since I wanted to get a different slant from each arms inlay.

Cut a centered groove and filled with blue mica tinted epoxy. The wire was pressed in place until dry then a few runs through the drum sander.

The inlay pattern met up well in the center cross-over junction with some pre-planning, but I went ahead and used some of my pyramid head plugs to hide it all anyway.

The fit of the miters and a few tiny air pockets were the result of rushing these since I wanted to finish before the holidays.
Beautiful, I need to try some of those inlays.

Main Street to the Mountains

Great looking cross. The experiment was a huge success!!!!!!!!!..Cheers, Jim

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

These are so nicely done.  Your attention to every small detail...paid off again.