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Frame for Beethoven's Grave

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 05-29-2017 08:24 PM 1441 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter wanted to give a meaingful gift to her high school band teacher. While on a recent trip to Europe with a local orchestra group, she had taken a photo of the grave of the great classical composer, Beethoven. Walmart printed the photo for us and I was assigned to make a frame.

I grabbed some of my pew mahogany and set to work. I created a rabbet on the back inside edge and used an ogee bit and my router table to make the outer edge nice. I also added a barely discernable chamfer on the upper inside edge. I used my miter sled to cut the angles and glued the frame up with my picture frame clamp (see bottom.)

I had these little, perfectly sized, splines from creating the rabbet so I decided to put diagonal splines in the backs of the corners to add some strength. They were exactly the width of my table saw blade, so I used my miter sled to create the little dados for the splines.

I got to use my Cheap-A chinese plane to remove the potruding bits of the splines. (Hey it worked!)
A nice sanding of the flat surfaces was followed by several coats of spray lacquer.

I then cut a piece of plexiglas to suit as well as a piece of corrugated backer. Everything is held in with brads, carefully applied.

[Below] Mandatory glue-up photos!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 05-29-2017 11:20 PM

Good job on the frame Dave! I’m sure her teacher will love it!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Ivan

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#2 posted 05-30-2017 06:26 AM

Very nice and suitable gift. The frame is real classic.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 06-09-2020 10:54 PM

So 3 years later I notice this.

I like those little Chinese planes. I’ve bought about 8 of them. (I have 6 children). Yes, they do work – and for $4, what’s not to like.

Nice frame too!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 06-09-2020 11:31 PM



So 3 years later I notice this.

I like those little Chinese planes. I ve bought about 8 of them. (I have 6 children). Yes, they do work – and for $4, what s not to like.

Nice frame too!

- Ocelot

That Chinese plane gets some use at my work these days, usually when I need to plane a fingerboard. I also found two others at good prices (under $35 ea.) that act as a jack plane and a smoothing plane. Basically same style as the one pictured, but with 8 in. and 12 in. soles. I keep the odd looking planes at work in the hopes they won’t be as often ‘borrowed’.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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