Icon cases

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Project by BOBAH posted 06-16-2016 03:58 AM 1078 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

My friends have asked me to build two icon cases, or kiots, to be presented as a gift. I ended up building three – I used one to practice :-)

Essentially, kiot is a combination of a wooden box with a glass top lid, a picture frame, and another, smaller, beveled picture frame to be put inside and serve as mat – it holds icon in place and draws attention to the image.

I used two kinds of mahogany and walnut for boxes, poplar for inner frame, stained plywood for back, shop-made veneer, acrylic sheets for windows. Finish – three layers of shellac.

I have made mitered joints, enforced with splines in two smaller mahogany cases, and with dowels in larger walnut case.

The inner frames will be gilded, i.e. gold-plated, later.

Not seen on these pictures, but I have veneered back of the smallest box with shop-made veneer – looks good. The veneer was cut on a table saw – as unintentional outcome of cutting boards to final dimensions.

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#1 posted 06-18-2016 07:26 PM

Beautiful work, beautiful icons. Thanks for sharing

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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