Barnwood Picture Frame

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Project by Carter posted 01-23-2012 07:39 PM 2636 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The barnwood came from four doors that were on an old shop building on a farm that my parents bought. They ended up making the building into a cabin so I took the wood from the doors with plans of making something out of them.

The wood was tounge and groove pine and had weathered to about 1/2” thick. I dont know how old the doors were but there was a calender from 1953 hanging on the wall of the building.

My wife had pictures of our daugher taken and there was a wooden fence in the background of one of the pictures. My wife got an 11”x14” print of the picture and started looking for frames. When I saw the fence in the background I decided to try to make a frame. This is the first project that I have completed with the barnwood and the first picture frame I have made. As you can see from the second picture I have plenty of wood left for more frames.

-- Kyle

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#1 posted 01-23-2012 07:51 PM

Great job a cool rustic frame

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 11:18 PM

Looks good, I like these kind of frames. I’ve made a few myself. Did you use any “weathered” colored stain on the new cuts? That’s a nice little ol barn wood stash you have there. I was about to send a photo of a new batch of barn wood I just got to a friend that also collects old wood. I’ll leave you a copy of it here too.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 01-24-2012 01:45 AM

Nice job on the frame, kinda jealous of all that wood

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 01-24-2012 03:33 AM

I’m with don…. jealous dat’s a nice stack-a-stack-a wood there devann

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 01-24-2012 06:04 PM


I didn’t use any type of stain on the new cuts. I covered the all of the rip cuts so that they would not show. The miter cuts lined up pretty good but there is a little bit of “fresh” wood showing. I did not know that there was a stain to make wood look weathered. I was just going to paint on a little water and baking soda mixture in the places that showed.

Who makes the “weathered” stain? This would be a product I would be interested in having around the shop for future projects.

Thanks everyone for the comments.

-- Kyle

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#6 posted 01-25-2012 04:34 AM


A buddy of mine showed up at the shop one day with a quart of stain he went to HD and and them make for him. He took in a piece of wood and had them match it. Wasn’t perfect but it didn’t look to bad.

Myself I use other species of wood and work them into the center of the frame. It gives it some contrst. I have some examples on my projects page if you’re interested. And I did a frame blog too. It shows some of the cross sections.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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