Picture Frame Collage

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Project by azwoodman posted 02-23-2009 09:02 AM 39776 views 14 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I figured that if I am going to gawk at other people’s work then i might as well share some of my own…This picture frame was the first project that I did for my wife. (She was my girlfriend then… if that tells you anything…) I made it as a surprise and I almost kept it secret till it was done… but once I was close, I couldn’t resist any more and had to show her the progress.

I designed the piece by organizing small pieces of card stock of varying sizes on the counter till I achieved the look that satisfied my eye. I made it with some basic tools that I had access to in my parents garage (my workshop); table saw, miter saw, brad gun, and a bunch of wood filler! Forty five degree miter joints at the outside corners and simple butt joints on the inside joints (brads and glue). I made the dado around the edge of the piece on the table saw before i joined the outside edges to the frame. I was relatively pleased with the outcome… I finished it with a couple coats of rustoleum primer and then a few coats of matte black spray paint. I fit small pieces of plexi-glass into each one of the frames and secured them with a small dab of hot glue. It was a fun project. I learned a lot and there are many things that I would have done different now but all in all I am happy with it and my wife loves it!

Let me know what you guys think or what you would have done differently… (ie. the design, the finish, joinery, etc)

-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (

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#1 posted 02-23-2009 10:05 AM

Unique idea and very well done. I like the design, but I don’t like the color.

Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 11:03 AM

It looks good to me. I like your your layout. I’m going to favoritte it as a design idea. I would preferred the look of wood vs. paint, but I don’t know what he base materail was and if you used a lot of filler, paint is probably the way to go. What woud I have done different ???? Awh, not gotten married? :-)) Just kidding, bud :-) (39 yrs on the way to 50, but of course, there have been days) OOps, I just noticed this is your first day: almost to say, “Welcome to LJ!”

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 03:58 PM

I like it, it’s a very unique way of displaying pictures.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 02-23-2009 07:33 PM

Cool design. Nice Job. I think it would be pretty cool to use different types of wood to contrast colors. I think I’m going to favorite this design and try to build from it.

Welcome to Lumberjocks and thanks for posting…

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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Randy Sharp

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#5 posted 02-23-2009 10:00 PM

Nice work!

The picture of the parents with the young child reminds me of a funny story.

About two months ago, my wife bought a new 8×10 picture frame. It has set on her dresser from day one. It still has the picture that came with the frame.

I told her to either change the picture for one with people we know or we’ll be obligated to send them a Christmas card this year.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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Matt Vredenburg

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#6 posted 03-04-2009 08:11 AM

Nice looking picture frame. I love the collage idea. Great work!

-- Matt, Arizona

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#7 posted 03-28-2009 10:02 AM

tres nice job felicitations

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#8 posted 02-08-2010 06:50 AM

great looking picture frame… very tedious work…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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