Frames that started as a box

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Project by Mark Blomster posted 08-19-2010 05:09 AM 2671 views 17 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Originally, I’d planned on making a veneered box after reading, “A Box That Earns Its Stripes” Fine Woodworking #207. After seeing how incredibly complex it would be, I lost steam and aborted the mission! I ended up making 16 4” x 6” frames with the veneered strips that I’d cut. I’ve enjoyed giving them away and don’t regret my decision at all.

The woods used are Mahogany, Wenge, Yellowheart, Bloodwood and Holly, in a symmetrical pattern. The striped veneer is glued to a 3/4” Baltic birch substrate with Mahogany veneer on the back. They are finished with tung oil and a coat of wax.

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#1 posted 08-19-2010 10:37 AM

Great looking frames! Like the colors of all the wood it mixes well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 08-19-2010 12:19 PM

Very, very nice!

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#3 posted 08-19-2010 12:55 PM

Nice looking frames. And I believe you’ve simplified the spline jig down to its most basic form, I like that.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 08-19-2010 03:14 PM

I really love these :)

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#5 posted 08-19-2010 03:30 PM

Those are sweet. Nice job.

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#6 posted 08-19-2010 03:46 PM

They turned out excellent! Got any more? ;-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 08-19-2010 03:59 PM

Changing directions in mid project can result in some very interesting and original ideas. These turned out great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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