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This super-simple wooden cross necklace will take you about fifteen minutes to make, and it's perfect for a monk / priest / Friar Tuck costume. While monks were not actually allowed to wear cross necklaces (or any necklaces), when it comes to Halloween there is no easier way to let people know that you are not a Jedi or Sith Lord, you are are a monk. This one has special knot that allows you to adjust the necklace size, too.

Supplies you will need
  • a piece of wood (around 3" x 5" x 1" thick)
  • a piece of string (preferably leather lacing)
Tools you will need
  • a band saw (or coping saw, or hand saw)
  • a drill
  • (optionally) a sander
I made it at TechShop (techshop.ws)
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Step 1: Draw the Cross on the Piece of Wood

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Sample dimensions shown.

Step 2: Cut out the cross

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No need to turn corners: just make each cut straight from the edge. Be careful when you join the cuts at the corners: any gouges you make here will take a long time to sand out later.

If you don't have a band saw, no worries: the cuts are straight, so you can use a hand saw, a coping saw, a hack saw, a sawz-all, or just about any saw (though a rotary saw will be difficult).

Step 3: Sand the cross

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Sand the rough edges and any pencil marks. Square up your cuts. Remove any gouges. A belt sander will make a lot of this easy, but you'll probably have to finish with some sandpapering by hand.

If you want to finish the cross really nicely, start with a rough grit sandpaper (like 60 or 100). Once you can't do anything more with that grit, move up to a finer grit (150 or 200) and then finer and finer until you're satisfied with the smoothness. I only went up to 150 grit.

Step 4: Drill a hole in the top

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Use a piece of scrap wood to brace the cross. This will make drilling easier, and it will also keep the wood from chipping where the drill bit exits the cross. Make the hole big enough for your string to pass through.
rowinghome1 year ago
very nice job!
Because Lucas was going for a monk-type of look for the Jedi.
Kiteman1 year ago
Why is that little Jedi wearing a cross?

Maybe he's a Monk Jedi... ;)
solobo (author)  MerlinTheGreat1 year ago
Ha, we might as well get him a light saber and be done with it.