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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 08-31-2014 10:11 PM 1269 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I wasn’t going to post these basic frames. They’re made of wood so why not.

The kids and I were doing the Disney World thing in Orlando and one of those smooth talking ‘Cast Members’ got Victoria to take a picture an overlay picture. I thought it really looked cool so I said how much? I don’t exactly remember the price but it was a little high. Then she said – you can get the second one free!

I said “Step right up Mark!” Then the “Free” picture put the “little high price” into “what the heck just happened?!

“Oh – you have to buy the frame to get the second one free. The frames are $15 each.” The frame as she put it was a folded over plexi-glass sandwich.

“I see” said the man was feeling a like an idiot as I fell into the tourist trap swindle. “Do I need to buy 2 frames?”

“You want matching frames don’t you?”

“Yes – but I’ll make them myself. I’ll just take the one.” Her face actually dropped as she lost credit for a nice up-sale.

A little later, Victoria was getting into the role of the Star Wars royalty.

Since those 2 pieces of paper were so danged expensive, I wanted to frame them on the cheap. I had a couple of rough cut maple shorts that I Cleaned up and turned into frames. One of them had some nice curl in it.

I wanted to dye them to match the theme but the good stuff costs a fortune. I made my own out of food color. My daughters frame looks just right with 3 to 1 yellow/red. The green one is just entirely forgettable. It would probably look much better if the wood had some curl.

I put 3 coats of glossy de-waxed shellac finish on them. Poly would have been just fine.

I was going to buy some thin plywood for the back side of the picture but I found some 3/16 hardboard used for packing and thrown onto the loading dock at work. I have enough for another 10 pictures. ;)

The glass – yeah the glass. It’s that folded over hunk of plexi-glass they charged me $15 for. I put a cheap blade on the TS and cut the bend off the plexi-glass frame. That gave me 2 ‘glass’ fronts. The blade is fine but I wouldn’t do much of that. I was worried about the plexi-glass slagging and coating the blade.

Anyhow thanks for taking a peek and tolerating my little story telling. Have a great labor day weekend!
Disclaimer – All cuts done on table saw…...

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 08-31-2014 10:16 PM

By the way – I forgot to point out something. The green frames looks like it has big gaps in the corners. Would you believe that the dye sucked right into the end grain and darkened the corners? Interesting but not good. I had fun experimenting with them and they are what they are.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#2 posted 09-01-2014 12:03 AM

Mark- I think you did a great job on these buddy. Once again you have demonstrated ingenuity and creativity. And the fact that you took the time to frame family photo’s, shows you got your priorities right sir..nice job

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 09-01-2014 12:28 AM

I’m surprised you paid $15 for one of those frames!! I don’t I would have… LOL

They are too easy to make… and scraps can be used… t’boot… :)

Y’all had FUN…. that’s worth something… yes? LOL

Nice frames! LOL … probably worth $20 each compared what you got for $15! LOL


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 09-01-2014 02:31 AM

Nice Frames, Mark…....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 09-01-2014 05:52 AM

Thank you my friends! You guys are way too kind. You chime in when I do something notable. But you also give credit for the little things like basic picture frames. Thank you so much!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 09-02-2014 11:43 AM

Nice collection!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 09-02-2014 02:45 PM

Spending money like a ‘Drunken Sailor on Shore Leave’ is not a new concept.

Sounds like your family had a great time and you had enough $$$ left over to get back home. ;-)

Your custom frames look Great.
Work (and play) Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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