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Project by Dchip posted 12-30-2009 04:07 PM 1446 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a frame I made for the ladyfriend for christmas. It was built quite large (26’‘x33’‘) to accommodate an old poster that was previously just tacked to the wall. It is tiger maple, with a purpleheart border and maple splines and dowels along the perimeter. Nothing too fancy here, but I was going for a traditional look and she was very pleased with the present. The last two pictures are of my spline jig that I have been using alot lately. It bolts to the fence of my table saw sled to keep the kerf along the exact same path effectively making it a zero clearance cut (I dont trust my table saw fence). The design works well, but with the sled and right angle, the project is elevated an inch above the blade, somewhat limiting depth of cut. This has not been a problem yet, but should it be in the future, a couple of quick adjustments should buy me another 1/2’’ or so. Thanks for looking, all comments/critiques are appreciated.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#1 posted 12-30-2009 04:26 PM

The frame looks great and complements the poster very well. Nice job!

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#2 posted 12-30-2009 04:28 PM

Nice frame. I really like the technic on the corner. Purple heart and Maple look so well together.

-- Russ

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#3 posted 12-31-2009 03:52 PM

Dan, this is a nice looking frame and you chose a well matched set of woods that compliment each other well. Good idea on the spline jig. I have been contemplating a similar set-up for my sled and your certainly gives me some ideas.

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

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#4 posted 12-31-2009 09:55 PM

Dchip nice looking frame I must use purple heart more often. What is the 2 round plugs in the 4 picture for? hanging purpose?


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#5 posted 01-11-2010 05:04 PM

Hi Greg,
They serve no real structural purpose, though I suppose they do hold the purple heart a bit tighter. I just wanted to add some contrast to the length of purpleheart, and I recently bought a plug cutter that I enjoy using.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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