Alrighty! Today was a busy day, but I have a ways to go. I am lucky enough to have a scroll saw so that helped a huge amount when cutting out the notches. I beveled the blue cross but will take the Dremel to it and smooth out the edges. The Laurel leaves need details pressed onto the facing and be glued, and the skull needs to be mounted.
I'll keep posting as I progress through the other steps.