John Parmalee from Faithbridge UMC in Spring, Texas brings us this great Easter cross.
John borrowed this design from Frank Lloyd Wright who often had ladders in his stained glass. The first cross was built of 1×6 pine, screwed together. There were three sections: the top, the arms and the bottom. They stood up the bottom and lifted the top connected to the arms and set it on the bottom which was on a 4′ by 4′ platform. The hoist remained attached as it was pretty top heavy. They used metal tee plates for the joints (a little paint and they go away).
They used a hoist available at Harbor Freight for around $120.
The second cross for their larger room was made of 2×6’s – put together with a framing air nailer. That cross was hung and screwed to the floor using angle brackets. They regularly punch a small round hole in the carpet and drill an insert into the floor.
Last year they put black luan plywood around the cross, cover the back with two layers of white Scuba knit polyester and back lit it with eight S-4 pars.
Behind the cross was six 5′ x 30′ strands of Scuba knit polyester woven in a big X. It cost only $2 per yard (white or black) from Glickfabric.com.