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Victorian Fretwork Cross

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image Inspirational design is a beautiful symbol of faith

Inspirational design is a beautiful symbol of faith

The large open frets and sweeping curves make this beautiful cross a good project for both novice and experienced scrollers. The design allows you to make large blade-entry holes to minimize time spent threading the blade through tiny openings.

Cut the cross from ¾"-thick hardwood for a striking wall hanging or choose ¼"-thick stock and add a contrasting backing board. Mount the cross on a solid piece of wood and enclose the project in a frame for a stunning shadow-box effect, or cut the frets first and stack a piece of contrasting wood or colored acrylic with the cross blank when cutting the perimeter. The colored acrylic produces a stained-glass effect perfect for display in a sunny window. Apply an oil finish to the project and glue the contrasting backing board or acrylic to the fretwork with cyanoacrylate (CA) glue.

Materials & Tools


  • ¼" to ¾" x 8" to 10" wood of choice
  • Cyanoacrylate (CA) glue
  • Oil finish of choice
  • ¼" x 8" to 10" wood of choice or colored acrylic (optional backing board)


  • #5 reverse-tooth blades or blades of choice
  • Drill with 1/16"-and 3/16"-diameter bits
  • Rags or paintbrushes to apply finish

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John A. Nelson
John Nelson is a retired industrial arts educator and the author of The Complete Guide to Making Wooden Clocks and Scroll Saw Workbook. He is considered an expert among scroll saw enthusiasts and is a frequent contributor to Scroll Saw Workshop. He lives in Dublin, New Hampshire. more