Craftsman Frames

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Project by schroeder posted 09-05-2007 01:58 PM 3178 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These frames are for mirrors that were pre-cut (hence – they be heavy and they be big!) I designed the frames, used quartersawn White Oak and mortise & tenon joinery. The finish is 36 hours ammonia fume, 2 coats sealer and 1 coat poly. I’m happy with the way they turned out, but were a lot more work than I had planned for. I did the inlay out of Bubinga, Bloodwood, Maple, Walnut and Oak.

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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Duane Kohles

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#1 posted 09-05-2007 02:21 PM

Very nice, looks good. The inlay is a nice touch. Did you use your multi-router for the M&T joints? I am only familiar with the theory of fuming, haven’t tried it yet. They are not as dark as I expected, would more time under the tarp make it darker?

-- Duane Kohles

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 09-05-2007 02:48 PM

Nice work , really like the inlay

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-05-2007 03:29 PM

Thanks Thos and Duane.
Duane, I used the Multi Router for the joints, it really makes it easy and clean. More time will make the wood darken, but heat is important. It’s about 65-70 degrees here so this is the color you get in about 36 hours with 33% ammonia. It’s a great process, but really pretty dangerous, make sure there are no kids/pets around if you decide to try it.

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 09-05-2007 04:44 PM

I ditto what Tom Angle said. Thanks also for the fuming schedule.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#5 posted 09-05-2007 04:50 PM

These are beautiful frames.

All my jobs take longer than I planned for as well. Guess I’m not alone on that ;^D

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

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#6 posted 09-05-2007 04:53 PM

Beautiful job. i don’t really understand the ammonia fume thing – can you explain why you would use that?

-- life can always be weaved into a song.

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#7 posted 09-05-2007 05:17 PM

Great job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 09-05-2007 05:36 PM

Thanks all ! –
Jude – rumor has it that Stickley was talking to someone at his horse barn and happened to notice the effect that the horse manure was having on the oak sideboards in the stall. The ammonia in the horse manure was reacting with the tannic acid in the wood (especially prevalent in white oak). “Ammonia fuming” became a favored method of finishing. One builds a “fume tent” (some sort of plastic room that your project will fit into) sets in an open dish of ammonia and lets it stand for some length of time. The old builders in my area tell me they used to put down the hardwood floors, all the molding and trim, seal the room and throw in several bowls of ammonia to treat all the woodwork in the room. The resulting color is not like a stain, it has altered the wood and will never fade, can run from golden to nearly black. The downside is that I usually use commercial grade ammonia – 33%. The stuff you buy in the grocery store is about 1.5% -3%, so you can imagine how potent the strong stuff is. Any of my projects that I have done in oak are fumed. Hope that answers your question Jude!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#9 posted 09-05-2007 06:18 PM

The inlay work is really nice. I’d love to try it…it’s on the list.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 09-05-2007 10:41 PM

nice work… is this a comission?

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#11 posted 09-05-2007 11:36 PM

nice work

-- Marge, Colorado

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#12 posted 09-06-2007 12:14 AM

that inlay looks really complicated – especially with it being in the corner.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#13 posted 09-06-2007 12:23 AM

As usual, Schroeder, your work is outstanding.

In the first picture, is that a rifle leaning against the wall next to your apron?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#14 posted 09-06-2007 02:39 AM

Sweat inlay! I love the color of that fumed oat.

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#15 posted 09-06-2007 06:12 AM


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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