79Views4Replies

Author Options:

St. Anthony's (The T Cross) Answered

Hi,
Does anyone know what kind of joint was used in making of a St. Anthony's  (The T Cross) that the Romans traditionally used for crucifixion. I've looked and looked and I just cant find it. I can guess but I don't want to guess. I want to make one that will be about a foot tall for a friend.  I hope you can help.

Thank you 

Tags:Cross

Discussions

0
Kiteman
Kiteman

3 years ago

There probably wasn't a standard joint - whoever made it will have used whatever joint they found easiest.

If you're trying for an "authentic" look, try cutting the top of the vertical post into a peg that fits into a hole in the cross-beam, since both could be made with a mallet and chisel.

In fact, I can't find any images of a "made" St Anthony's cross, just outline shapes cut from a single piece of wood or metal. Search for tau cross to see what I mean.

0
guitarzan214
guitarzan214

Reply 3 years ago

Thank you for the reply. Are you saying to use a mortise and tenon joint? I was thinking along that line too. That way they could just lift the horizontal beam off the vertical post, not removing the post, and just lifting off the horizontal beam so it can be used for the next victim. There is no way one man can carry a whole cross, but a horizontal beam is do able, ya think?

0
Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 3 years ago

That makes sense to me, yes.

0
guitarzan214
guitarzan214

Reply 3 years ago

Thank you. I know a Dentist who does a lot of charity work and he collects crosses and he doesn't have one of these so I want to make him one.

Thank you