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Upcycled Wooden Cross Project

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Step by step instructions showing you how to make your own cross using an old wooden beam.

For any questions contact: Winnie

Do you have any old wooden pallets or broken furniture? There is so much wood lying around
that can easily be recycled into something. With this Upcycling craft we created a beautiful
handmade cross from some wooden off-cuts which were lying around. Our easy step by step
instructions will show you how easy it is to make your own!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upcycle are suppliers of wood and wooden recycled pallets for use in furniture making and upcycle projects. Contact Mark for more info. 082 855 2236

What you will need:

• Wood saw, electric or manual
• Router, or chisel
• Wood glue
• Wood clamps
• Length of wood
• Sandpaper
• Mallet

what you will need

Step 1

Select a length of wood that you can cut into two equal lengths, in this project my piece of
wood was 680mm x 40mm x 70mm.

length of wood

Step 2

Measure your wooden beam, find the centre point and rule a line here.

measure wooddraw centre line

Step 3

Use your wood saw and a mitre box (if you have one) to cut the beam in half. In my case I now
have two beams that are each 340mm in length.

wood same lengthsaw mitre box

Step 4

Using your pencil, mark off the width of the centre beam so that you know where to cut. The
marks should be about two thirds of the way up on the piece of wood that will be the upright
beam. My wood beam is 70mm wide, so the distance between the two pencil marks should be 70mm.

mark width of wood pencil

Step 5

Clamp your wooden beam to your work bench. Now take your router and set it to half the
thickness of the beam (20mm) - we only want to cut halfway down.

clamp wood to benchrouter measurement

Step 6

Now you need to use your router (or wood chisel) and remove the wood between the two lines.
It's a good idea to work slowly and carefully, making sure not to over-cut.

start cutting mitre jointwidening the joint

Step 7

Once you have removed all the wood up to and including your pencil lines, your beam should
look something like this.

joint complete

Step 8

Now mark off the next area, this beam will be for the horizontal beam of your cross. Measure
and find the centre of the beam, and then use your pencil and tape measure to measure 35mm on
either side, so that you have two pencil lines in the middle of the beam that are 70mm apart.

showing centre measurementmeasure centre of beam

Step 9

Remove the wood between the lines using your router. You should now end up with two beams with
a section of wood removed.

router cutting jointmatching joints

Step 10

Using sandpaper, sand the edges that are rough from the sawing and routing.

sandpaper edges

Step 11

Match the two areas together so that the cuts interlock. Check to ensure that they slide
together, even if you have to hammer them with a mallet. The final product should be that the
crossed pieces are now flush with each other.

perfect matching joint

Step 12

If the pieces of recycled wood match nicely, it is time to glue them together. Glue along the
edges, as well as on the face of the wood.

applying glue to the jointglue in joint

Step 13

Once you have applied the glue, press firmly or clamp to make sure the wood glues together
properly.

press glued joints

Step 14

Congratulations, your recycled Upcycle cross is now complete!

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