I would bring back such fishes

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Project by Coils posted 08-26-2014 11:04 AM 1110 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Mother gave me this signed print by an artist called Charles Johnson Payne , aka Snaffles. It was in a thin insignificant frame. Fellow LJ Devin posted a frame which I thought would be an improvement and simple enough to make. I used Himalayan Cherry, which I got from a friend. I found it quite brittle and it had quite a few cracks. Fortunately these natural flaws somehow reduce the impact of my workmanship. Overall I’m pleased, – despite the fact that I think the curve is too pronounced, the plugs are not neat enough, and I had to replace one of the sides (too many cracks). You can see the difference if you look closely – Oh and don’t look at the back!!

The main thing I am pleased about is that I had to hand plane all the surfaces, and managed to get them flat and the same size. Something which I have never been able to do with any degree of accuracy.

The frame is finished with a wipe on polish, and then a last coat of homemade polish (beeswax and Olive Oil).

I’ve said it before and will say it again – this site is fantastic for guys like me with little imagination and skills. I am learning a huge amount and am thoroughly enjoying my time here. Thanks to all those guys who post such amazing work.

-- Forest Grump

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#1 posted 08-26-2014 11:22 AM

Stopped rabbets on the backside, for the picture and glass? I like the frame’s curves alot, gives me an idea on a work I have that has a narrow (ugly) frame…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#2 posted 08-27-2014 12:11 PM

Very nice frame. I think the rustic work can be more difficult getting a good balance instead of making four identical or near identical sides and you did a nice job of that on this one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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