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Mosaic Frame for Co-worker

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Project by GrumpyCub posted 12-16-2018 02:14 PM 416 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My co-worker does mosaic art as a hobby. Recently he completed a piece as a gift to his heart surgeon, whom he credits with saving his life. He approached me about making a frame for the piece and I gladly accepted. Other than the dimensions, his only requests were that it not be perfect. He wanted knots, and marks, etc. I had some white oak that was gifted to me. It’s beautiful wood, but much of it has beetle and worm holes. I thought this would be right up his alley.

The frame measure approximate 3’ by 4’ and 1.5” thick, so it’s pretty stout. While I did use miter joints, I knew they would not be strong enough for something this big and heavy so I wanted to use splines in the corners to help strengthen it. I have a jig for my table saw to do spline cuts, but this would not work for something so large. I came across a jig in a wood working publication that uses a biscuit jointer to cut the slots. I made the jig and it worked very well. One of the pics is of the piece in the spline cutting jg.

My co-worker was thrilled with the result, and better yet, he presented his mosaic to the surgeon and she was overjoyed at his expression of thanks. The piece now hangs in her office.

Thanks for looking!





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woodcox

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#1 posted 12-16-2018 06:05 PM

Excellent frame for the piece. Nice work, Sir.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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swirt

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#2 posted 12-17-2018 03:22 AM

Good looking frame to compliment an incredible mosaic.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 12-17-2018 03:22 PM

Nice job, I really like your glue-up jig.

-- John D, OP, KS

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Calmudgeon

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#4 posted 12-26-2018 07:23 PM



Nice job, I really like your glue-up jig.

- awsum55

I think if you look more closely, that’s the spline cutting jig. The biscuit jointer is passed across the face to cut the spline slots into the miter. (Note the slot.)

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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Calmudgeon

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#5 posted 12-26-2018 07:25 PM

Nice work. Attractive without drawing attention away from the piece itself.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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GrumpyCub

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#6 posted 01-03-2019 12:20 AM

Thanks all for the comments!

Calmudgeon is correct, that is a spline cutting jig.

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