Nothing New But The Glue Project Challenge09

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Nothing New Except The Glue

Well here is my entry into this challenge. It really isn’t a difficult wood working project but it does use OLD stuff. The second photo shows the primary materials used to make the picture frame.

First the wood. It is definitely less than 1 bdft. It also has an interesting story. This is my final piece of a barn door. I have been hording it for about 15 years. The barn was built in the early 1800’s and was used as a refuge for runaway slaves traveling the underground railroad prior to the Civil War. The barn is still located on the east side of Chambersburg, PA but was converted into apartments. Our town has the dubious honor to be the only city north of the Mason Dixon line to have been burned during the Civil War- actually burned twice. Once as the Confederate Army was on the way to Gettysburg and once one the way back!

The Glass. This was salvaged from an original window- removed from a stone farm house, in Quincy, PA. My Mom said it was called poured glass. It has many imperfections and is not consistent in thickness (last picture). The house was renovated and converted into short term apartments. The house was originally built in 1797. It is also located along a route the armies traveled to and from the battle of Gettysburg.

The nails were salvaged from the same farm house, in Quincy, PA.

The glue was left over from a pen project.

Making the frame was straight forward. The only thing was that I was afraid to try and cut the glass to fit into a frame small enough to be made from the salvaged wood. The wood piece was only a little over 2 ft. long so the resulting frame would have to be quite small. To solve the problem, I re-sawed the wood. The front and back of the piece were similar in aging/weathering. When assembled the difference was noticeable but not objectionable. But, even with every usable inch of board accounted for, the glass would be too large. So, I made a wider than normal rabbet on the back of the frame to allow the glass to be used without cutting.

After all the cuts were made, the pieces were glued together. As a decorative element, the cut nails were added. The frame is barely ¼” thick, so I pre-drilled for the cut nails to avoid splitting. The overall frame is about 9” x 11” outside, with a 6” x 8” opening. I left the wood unfinished, as I couldn’t improve on what Mother Nature had done.

As for the backing, it is a page out of one of Mimi’s old photo albums- cut to fit into the frame. It is held in place by some shortened straight pins from her from her sewing box. The straight pins were salvaged from shirt packaging.

I am looking for an original Civil War photograph to mount into the frame. When I find one, I’ll re-post to show everyone how it looks.

Thanks for looking!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 04-17-2010 09:17 PM

Now that project is really about old stuff. That’s great Lew. It makes it very impressive that everything is old.

Some folks had suggested my sanding block should be entered, but it didn’t fit the rules for a couple of reasons. So I passed. This project really fits the rules. I like it a lot.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 04-17-2010 10:41 PM

I agree with Jim, this definitely fits the criteria for the contest. Great job and great story to go with it.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#3 posted 04-17-2010 10:47 PM

that is realy an excample of a recycling project to be followed

very well done Lew


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#4 posted 04-18-2010 01:11 AM

Nice Job, Lew!! I’m a big fan of Civil War history and there’s a bunch of it wrapped up in your work here…
The best place I’ve found for pictures, if you’re interested, is the Library of Congress
The only trouble is, they have them all and it might be hard to pick one… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 04-18-2010 01:14 AM

Thanks, Mike. I’ll check it out!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 04-18-2010 01:37 AM

Nice work, Lew.

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#7 posted 04-18-2010 02:13 AM

Lew: A great project and a fine entry into the contest. Great job.

-- 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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#8 posted 04-18-2010 03:29 AM

Great project. I imagine the Confederates weren’t in the best of moods on their way out of Gettysburg.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 04-18-2010 03:41 AM

great history…that is a special frame…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 04-18-2010 04:05 AM

Great story. You about tapped into the full depth of US “History”

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) ||

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#11 posted 04-18-2010 05:52 AM

Karson and CJ- Thanks for the kind words!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 04-18-2010 05:56 AM

JJohnston- yeh, I guess they had their panties in a wad about something.

Matt and Troy- living within 25 miles of Gettysburg sort of puts you in the middle of a lot of history.

Thanks, everyone, for all the kind words.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Scott Bryan

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#13 posted 04-18-2010 12:52 PM

Lew, this is a pretty imaginative project. The frame looks good and certainly has a lot of character. This is great re-use of materials, too, by the way.

Looks like a winner to me.

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

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#14 posted 04-18-2010 03:54 PM

A great historical story, with a great, & creative project to go along with it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 04-18-2010 03:57 PM

very nice.

this has a similar look to my project for the contest, i think they’d go together well. i’ll have it finished/posted soon, you’ll see what i mean.

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