Golden Oak and ? Pallet Wood Picture Frame

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Project by garbonsai posted 01-05-2015 05:44 PM 1457 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

In addition to feeding flocks of turkeys, dozens upon dozens of humming birds, and any other bird she can entice to her multitude of feeders, my Mom enjoys watching a few webcams that track the progress of bird nests half a world away. For Christmas, she asked me to frame a photo of one such bird — a goshawk, I believe.

I dug through the scrap bins and lumber piles, and decided to make the frame entirely out of reclaimed pallet wood that had been drying in the shop for the past year (I have an entire lumber rack’s worth out in the garage, but I didn’t want to wait for it to acclimate). I believe the majority of the frame is golden oak, although portions of the grain appear to indicate something a bit faster-growing. You can’t see it in the photos, but there are still a couple of nail holes in the outside edge. The red colored wood inlay is… I have no idea. It’s really pretty, with a fine, tight grain. I have a few stringers and maybe a dozen slats worth of it, and the thinner pieces tend to warp quite badly as they dry — that’s about all I know.

Anyway, final dimensions are 16” x 12.5”, with the frame itself being 2” wide and about 7/8” deep. After gluing the inlay to the body of the frame, I ran it through a small home-built drum sander to even everything out, then ran a small round-nose bit along the line where the two woods come together to give the frame some depth. The finish is Watco Danish Oil in Golden Oak, which I initially thought ruined the piece, but the color faded quite a bit upon drying. I worked as an apprentice to a printmaker who also did his own framing when I was in high school, so that part was easy.

All in all, the final product was well received. Picture frames tend not to photograph well, so I don’t expect much response to this post — I’m just trying to catch up on documenting completed projects.

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#1 posted 01-05-2015 07:01 PM

Nicely done. Great use of reclaimed materials.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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