Pagoda Tile Frame

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Project by CaptainSkully posted 10-27-2009 02:06 AM 4884 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We’ve got several tiles laying around that I’ve promised to frame. I’ve really liked Dan’s frames, so I browsed through my favorites and found Dan’s pagoda frame. I was waiting for something to dry/cure, so I thought I’d rip one out real quick.

Ironically, I had just commented on someone else’s blog about a tapering jig and found myself without one. There are four tapered cuts on this frame, so I roughed it out on the bandsaw and used a little known trick to set one end of the piece down onto the outfeed side of the jointer, then push it through as normal. This magically produces a tapered edge.

I designed this thing as I went along. The proportions, angles, half-lapped joints, etc. The tile is Motawi’s “Montana del Oro” (Mountain of Gold), which is a very nice park just outside of San Luis Obispo, CA. It’s a great place to hike. The artist is Yoshiko Yamamoto. We’ve got a lot of her other stuff too, which I still need to frame.

The wood is QSWO, and the finish is TransTint “Dark Mission Brown”, a coat of one pound cut amber shellac, and General Finishes “Antique Walnut” gel stain, then topped it off with Arm-R-Seal. It made the perfect, dark, rich, antique craftsman finish. I may very well use this recipe on the entire dining room set (i.e. table, chairs, sideboard, etc.).

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#1 posted 10-27-2009 02:57 AM

That’s really nice!
Beautiful tile for sure and a well thought out, well done frame.
Great project…..................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 10-27-2009 03:45 AM

i love it…”i was waiting for something to dry and I whipped out this little wonder”...I wish I was half, wait one quarter—-a tenth…as productive as you.,..

this is really cool!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 10-27-2009 03:47 AM

Nice project. Love the Motawi tiles.

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#4 posted 10-27-2009 03:50 AM

Looks like the perfect frame for the tile. Well done.

-- John @

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#5 posted 10-27-2009 04:56 PM

great job looks great

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#6 posted 10-28-2009 12:29 AM

Very nice!

Interesting tip on using a jointer to cut tapers. Will have to try that!

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

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#7 posted 11-02-2009 03:18 AM

very nicely done all around and I also love the tile.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 07-26-2010 05:29 PM

Very nice frame .I like this simple,nature style

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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