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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 02-20-2015 04:43 AM 2195 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I made 6 frames for 8X8 canvas paintings. They are going into a media room at a church as a part of an advanced Girl-Scouts service project. I like the idea all the way around and I couldn’t resist adding my touch. I hope they go perfect with the paintings. I hope the artists get to pick out the one they feel compliments their paintings. I hope I get to see the framed art. ;)

When I was building these frames, I started to hear some music. Much of it was music from my youth as I spent my time working with some upholsterers in El Paso Texas. The radio was always on their favorite channel. They whistled, sang and fired their staple guns to the music. Much of the music was sung and played by Mariachis. I can remember one of the guys would get into the music and yell out Aye, Aye, Aye Aye, Aye in that familiar piercing falsetto voice that was right on the money.

Think about this for a moment, where have you seen and heard the Mariachis perform? If the answer is no-where then pick your favorite music genre and ride along.

Wedding or Boda?

Sweet 16 or Quinciniera?


Bar or Cantina?

Street Corner?


I miss some of the things I grew up with although you would never guess that a teenager from the 70’s looks back on anything that was NON-ROCK-and-ROLL fondly. To be sure, I hated that music back then. Now? I’d love to sit down with those guys in a Cantina while drinking some domestic (for Mexico) beer.

I hope the Church media room get’s along with the Mariachis. Aye, Aye, Aye, Aye, Aye!!!!

Thanks for taking a look.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 02-20-2015 05:09 AM

Nice frames for a good cause…well done mariachi man….lol

-- 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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#2 posted 02-20-2015 05:42 AM

Love those frames like #2 and #4 the best and do you remember Herb Alpert listened to it a lot .


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#3 posted 02-20-2015 06:44 AM

Hey Buster, Mariachi man here. Would you believe I sat in with a few mariachi bands? Me either. ;)

Klaus, I remember Listening to Herb Alpert but for the life of me, I can’t remember a single piece of music. I’m going to have to reacquaint myself.

Thanks for the kindly comments my friends.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 02-20-2015 02:01 PM

Awesome frames. How is the canvas held in place? Is it a press fit? I am waiting on our canvas to arrive. I want to build a nice frame for it.

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#5 posted 02-20-2015 03:01 PM

Howdy Chad,

Good question. I cut a rabbit in the backside of the frames like so.

The canvas slides right in and is stopped from coming out the front. To secure the canvas tightly in place I’ll do one of 2 things.

For thick frames like these, I take a thin strip and pin nail it to the frame.

If my frame face is thin, I cut rabbit strips an pin ail those to the frame as well.

Hope that helps. Thanks for the comments!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 02-20-2015 03:50 PM

Great job on each and every one!

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#7 posted 02-21-2015 12:09 AM

Sweet job Mark. Thanks for the tips on mounting the pictures.

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#8 posted 02-21-2015 12:17 AM

Howdy John! Thanks for the comments.

FYI – the drill press is my next major purchase. I’ll be trying out some fine mortising attachments and bits very soon God willing.

Thank you much Carver. I really appreciate your comments.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 02-21-2015 01:20 AM

Well, these frames turned out great! I like how you made them two-toned—very nice!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#10 posted 02-21-2015 02:47 AM

I like the two tone look. I just did a bunch of tile trivets-tiles with a wood frame, but now I want to do some like these! Not much cultural diversity growing up in Illinois farm country, but living in California gave me a taste of the music you like.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#11 posted 02-21-2015 03:40 AM

Howdy Dean and Robert. If I wasn’t so fanatical about using up some little pieces of Purple Heart and Paduak, the frames would have been 2 toned and a lot easier to make. I ended up creating the face pieces out of thin material then gluing them to beefier bases. Next time I make a batch. I’ll just use larger pieces of wood.

I’m really glad you like them. It will be bitter sweet when I hand them off.

By the way, two toned trivets sound awesome. I can’t wait to see them.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#12 posted 02-21-2015 04:18 AM

They are realy beautiful, I like those colour variations.

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#13 posted 02-21-2015 07:07 AM


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#14 posted 02-23-2015 04:57 AM

Excellent frames, Mark!!

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