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mac1012

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just thought i would show what the holding comfort crosses are made from , the wood is pitch pine that a organist from st marks church asked me if i would like to have some of it as they were renovating the inside of the church, (he just came up to me at cliff college where i was standing with my stall)the boards are the back rests from the pews.

the timber cuts well on the hegner i use a no 7 reverse tooth blade.

At least the wood is still living on and it makes a nice selling point when people purchase them.

they are quite popular i must have sold at least 60 in past few months
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Seeing the pitch pine brought back lovely memories. I was given a pile of old church pews that were over 100 years old and made of pitch pine. I had an industrial unit at the time and when the postman called he would come in just so he could smell the pitch pine and have a cup of tea. I spent weeks working on it making all sorts of things.
 

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I think that these are lovely pieces to make and after a bit of practice might be an ideal project to start with ,.What would the measurements be can I ask and hope for an answer . :lol: :lol:
 

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Hi Eugene,
If you are referring to ones I made - based on the first post by mac1012 - they are approx. 2¾ ins (72mm) across x 4¼ ins (108mm) high x ½ ins (13mm). Should you like the shape just right click and "save as" and then adjust the size to suit. I made a template out of 3mm mdf (pasting the picture onto the mdf) and used the template to get the shape. I used a number 5 blade, modified geometry.
You have probably been inundated with suggestions about learning to scrollsaw but I'll add another:-
http://lumberjocks.com/scrollgirl/blog/24198
Good luck.
Bob H.
p.s. I'd not known of comfort crosses before this series of postings but thought that a dear old lady down the road from me - she is Italian married to an English soldier in WW2 - might like one. She did.
 

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Thanks Bob ,looks a lovely project and will be welcomed by the Boss (Clair) she likes things like that .I think I might try a smaller size when I get going . Have not heard when delivery is of my saw will throw a few
*?%@@ at them today and see what happens. :evil: :evil:
 

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Hi Eugene,
I should have sent a better picture, the one that I use as a pattern. Hopefully it comes across properly!
This size fits nicely in the hand but mac1012 might have a better size, he started the thread.
Bob H.
 

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hi sorry for delay in replying as been in workshop each night after work as i got three craft fairs coming up before christmas and first one in a weeks time.

my crossess are 115 x 65 i think i got the template of a site somewhere there is plenty of different styles on the net.

ive sold about 50 this year so i am happy that people like the shape and as you can see they fit nicely in the hand.

but have a look aroung and experiment a bit as simple shape to do i find if you sell things its important how you present your work to customers as it is the stuff you make.

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Thanks Mark and Bob for your replys ,you will see that I have posted pictures of a Scroll saw that was given to me by a friend .I an going into town today to see if I can locate some blades to try it out .It is working perfectly vith no vibration or noise and it's still covered in rust and other stuff . I am still getting the Hegner 14" V/S with all the bells and whistles 8) but I am going to clean up this one and have it as my second machine . It doesn't seem right that I am going to have two when you guy out there who no what you are about had to work very hard to get you wanted. be it one or two .
I must say that the help and advise I got on here was fantastic and I will be asking a lot more questions as I still have not used a Scroll saw as yet.
Is it possible to change the pin blades to pin less ones do you think .
 

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Hi Eugene,
There are clamp adapters but it depends on the type of clamp that you start with. Can you post a picture of the clamp on the machine now? (Not sure which thread you can put it on, the one with the other pictures I guess).
Bob H.
 
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