Certificate Frame

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Project by Max posted 11-09-2009 09:57 PM 3063 views 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This frame was inspired by Dan and the frame that he made for one of his tiles. I made this frame from Quarter Sawn White Oak and Walnut. The frame is glued and doweled at the corners except for the last pieces which are fastened with glue and pocket screws. I did not want dowels to show on the end pieces. I finished the frame with American Walnut Stain and Lacquer. The back is made from 1/4” Baltic Birch with acid free paper between it and the certificate for protection. The first picture shows the frame in its finished state with the Certificate matted and installed. I made the back removable so that the Certificate could be replaced with a new one when needed.

The wood thickness increases by 1/16” for each piece from the inside to outside except for the last piece of oak which increases 1/8”. All four edges are chamfered at a 45 degrees on each piece that makes up the frame.

This is a birthday gift for my wife, she knows she is getting a frame because I had to get the certificate from her she just doesn’t know how it looks as yet.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#1 posted 11-09-2009 10:12 PM

It’s a work of art and very beautiful.

Excellent job, Max.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 11-09-2009 10:27 PM


Thank you very much for your compliment, I really appreciate it.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 11-09-2009 10:32 PM

Great design! also love the contrast in the woods you used.

Job Well done!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#4 posted 11-09-2009 10:45 PM


Thanks for the kind words. The design is one that I used from one of Dan’s frame. I like the wood contrast also.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 11-10-2009 01:11 AM

I love what wood workers can do with wood. you can’t do that with a chainsaw!!!

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#6 posted 11-10-2009 01:41 AM

Ah yes but the chain saw is where it starts. Thanks for the compliment.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 11-10-2009 01:48 AM

Nice looking frames.

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#8 posted 11-10-2009 01:51 AM


Thank you for your compliment, it is appreciated.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#9 posted 11-10-2009 01:56 AM

Great: You learnt from a master frame maker.

You wofe should be very proud.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 11-10-2009 02:02 AM

Karson, Thank you for the compliment. I think that the wife will really like it. I have been making frames for quite some time now myself.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#11 posted 11-10-2009 02:45 AM

very nice .. it is a fun frame to make… takes a bit of labor, but is nice way to use up shorts.

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

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#12 posted 11-10-2009 02:53 AM

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#13 posted 11-10-2009 03:09 AM

Dan, Thanks, it is fun to make but you are right on both counts, it is time consuming and it does use up a lot of your scraps..


Thank you.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#14 posted 11-10-2009 04:00 AM

Max, this is a really nice looking frame. You and Dan may have created a new line of frames. To tell the truth I like this style much more so than the molding that can be found in framing shop. This is more of a craftsman style frame which suits me just fine. And using pocket hole screws was an interesting idea. I tend to forget about using mine for anything other than assembling face frames.

My wife has put several prints on my list to frame. I may just have to “borrow” this idea.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#15 posted 11-10-2009 06:41 AM


Thank you so much for the compliments. It is in the Craftsman style. I used the pocket hole screws because I didn’t want any fastener or dowel to show on the sides. I borrowed the idea from Dan so I am sure you could borrow it also…..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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