Painted poplar picture frame #4: Finishing, day 2

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 06-24-2021 04:08 PM 733 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Reinforcing the miters and painting Part 4 of Painted poplar picture frame series Part 5: Wrapping it up »

I started today by paring off the dowels I used to reinforce the miters. A flush-cut saw, a chisel, and a sanding block with 60 grit on it did the job. I held the frame in my carving table.

Next was using a piece of 180 grit to knock down any drips in the milk paint. A light touch is required so I don’t sand through the paint, but my sweetie thinks she might like a distressed look, so I may come back with some 400 grit wet-dry paper and intentionally take a little more paint off.

Then a coat of BLO over the milk paint. This makes the grayish color turn black and it’ll look nice. A second coat might be needed, especially if I sand back a little more.

Next up is cutting the glass and the mat for the frame. Might do that yet today, or maybe tomorrow. But I need to clean a little in the motorcycle garage. We’re getting our main garage painted in July, plus I’ve got jury duty, so my task is to get all the “stuff” out of the way of the painters before July 4th.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 06-24-2021 06:33 PM

Looks like this one will be in the books soon. I learned something new today with this blog. I didn’t know you could use BLO over milk paint.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 06-24-2021 08:41 PM

Just a few more days, Dave.

Yeah, BLO over milk paint is one of their recommended combinations. We’ll see how it comes out.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 06-24-2021 09:02 PM

Love the hand tooled work Dave, the dowels are a smart reinforcement!

Ya know, the Jason Pollock you created on the cardboard would be worthy of some shop art framing 8^)

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#4 posted 06-24-2021 09:14 PM

Thanks, Splint!

If my cardboard “art” is worth money, I could be a very rich man. ;-) But I’m sure glad I keep a stack of cardboard around when it comes time to finish. It’s a pretty good all-purpose drop-cloth.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 06-25-2021 01:54 AM

Looking pretty good. Regarding cutting the glass, have you chosen glass or plexiglass?, I’ve not had good luck cutting glass myself.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 06-25-2021 02:38 AM

I use Tru-Vue Museum Glass Tom. I use a Toyo TC-17B cutter with oil. Without the oil, I didn’t have good luck. Nice straight line, with the help of a metal straightedge, then pick up the glass, put the straightedge under the “save me” side of the cut, and press down on the waste side. It’ll usually snap cleanly on the line, but if not I can tap it with the back of the cutter to help it along.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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