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Project by Andy posted 10-12-2007 03:11 PM 3632 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I gave this one to Rachel.
I designed this Mahogany frame based loosely on the Greene and Greene style.I came up with this simple but effective joinery technique I call spline-kerf. Walnut splines hold it together,running from top to bottom, as well as providing the border for the picture, because they are wider than the kerf is deep. The horizontal border pieces are just set into the dado and sanded until they fit snug against the side strips. The inlays are simply 1/4” plugs of Bloodwood set into holes punched out on the mortiser. I find it best to bore a pattern of holes prior to shaping the outside edges. The diamond tops of the plugs are shaped on the disc sander. Photo #2 shows how picture back being held in with toggles, and the support is a piece of square stock Walnut, that slips loosely into a recess made on the mortiser. Finish is lacquer.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#1 posted 10-12-2007 03:21 PM

It has a nice antiquish look to it. Thanks for the idea of how to do the frame stand. I’ve been trying to come up with a way to do one. I was going to do one that would fold, like found in the store, but there is a special hinge(that I haven’t see available anywhere) that connects the backing to the leg. I’m going to look at whether or not your design will work on my frame. How deep is the leg into the frame?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Damian Penney

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#2 posted 10-12-2007 03:24 PM

Nicely done Andy, and the spline/border idea is great.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 10-12-2007 03:37 PM

Nice design details as always, Andy!

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

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 10-12-2007 05:22 PM

Os is right; it does have a nice antiquey look to it. good technique as well.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 10-12-2007 06:08 PM

Thanks OS,Damian,Charlie and Thos!
@Os-the mortise is about 1/2” deep.Its very stable on this size frame but I would use two on a wider one.The angle of tilt is determined by the length of the leg.It pulls out for shipping/storage.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#6 posted 10-12-2007 11:20 PM

I love it! – Great idea! – (hope you don’t mind) – going in the “steal an idea” file – very nice work!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#7 posted 10-12-2007 11:33 PM

Great looking frame Andy. Very nice design. If that is a photo of your family, you are lucky man !

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

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#8 posted 10-13-2007 12:05 AM

Oh yes, I do like that spline idea very much; very much indeed. Isn’t this Lumberjocks just great! Thanks again for introducing me to it Andy.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#9 posted 10-13-2007 01:51 AM

@ Schroeder,thanks, and feel free to use it,I’m glad you like it.
@Dan-Thank you.I am blessed! Thats my daughter and her husband and my granddaughter.
@Stewart-Your welcome! Glad you like it.Very simple design and thats what I used on the tile frame I posted a while back.I look forward to seeing some more of your work.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#10 posted 10-13-2007 11:52 AM

I like this a lot, Andy, thanks for sharing the neat idea for the splines.

-- Robb

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#11 posted 10-13-2007 07:54 PM

Nice picture frame. miike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 11-01-2007 04:03 AM

well done!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#13 posted 11-01-2007 08:47 AM

Gorgeous frame you’ve built there!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#14 posted 11-09-2007 09:50 AM

I think you are on to something with this design. Really interesting looking frame and appears to be pretty straight forward build.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#15 posted 07-01-2010 04:07 AM

brilliant !!!! so you don’t have to cut the rabbet in the back. right?

-- Michael, South Florida,

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