Greene and Greene frame

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Project by NikBrown posted 06-24-2010 06:39 PM 3113 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So after years and years of schooling my wife finally finishes her surgery residency today. (4 years undergrad, 4 years med school, 5 years residency).

She has taken a job in Ohio and they sent her her state medical license a few months ago. (she has to display it in her office).

Here is her graduation gift from me.

Drawbore mortice and tenon. Hand tools on everything but the bevel on the edges (I cheated and used a roundover bit, was running out of time and it was faster.)

Wenge and Purpleheart, ebony plugs covering the pins (got to use my new 1/4’ LV Square Hole Punch, great toy!!!).

2 pieces of glass with the paper floating in between.

Pretty simple, but I’m a big fan of simple clean design. I’m still early in my woodworking and I’m happy with it.

-- - Where woodworking and technology somehow get along.

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Bob Simmons

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#1 posted 06-24-2010 10:34 PM

Nik…Congratulations to your wife on completing her education and getting her medical license. That’s a great achievement. Likewise to you on completing your gift of the Greene and Greene frame. It is simply elegant. I’d be happy with it too. Congrats to both of you!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#2 posted 06-25-2010 12:30 AM

Great style and excellent choice of woods. Congratulations to the Doctor.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 06-25-2010 03:09 AM

Nice frame.

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#4 posted 06-25-2010 03:51 AM

Nice frame. Love the pinned mortise and tenon work.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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#5 posted 06-25-2010 06:52 AM

That is a long haul of schoolin’!
Congrats to both of you

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Brad Hancock

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#6 posted 10-29-2010 04:49 PM

Love the frame. Been thinking of something similar for some military scrips from the Korean War. How did you position the paper in the glass and keep it from moving?

-- Brad Hancock

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#7 posted 10-29-2010 04:54 PM

Pure friction. I have a number of frames I bought years ago and its just 2 pieces of glass. As long as you make sure the clasps on the back squeeze the 2 pieces of glass together the paper shouldn’t move.

Your other option is to just double stick tape the paper to the back piece of glass.

-- - Where woodworking and technology somehow get along.

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Brad Hancock

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#8 posted 11-03-2010 06:24 PM

Appreciate the reply. My concern is not movement within the frame, but getting the positioning correct when putting the glass together (i.e. equal space all around and between the peices of paper.) In your case, a single sheet of paper might not be a problem. In my case, I’m looking to place three or four peices in between the glass and they want to shift as I’m sandwiching them. Just wondering if you’d found a trick like static electriicty or such to keep things aligned prior to setting in the frame.

-- Brad Hancock

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#9 posted 11-03-2010 06:31 PM

Yea I didn’t have a problem with it shifting. Personally I’d probably just use small pieces of acid free double sided tape and tack them to the back plate of glass.

-- - Where woodworking and technology somehow get along.

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