Mesquite Picture Frame

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-09-2018 08:10 PM 1738 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this piece of mesquite on the scrap pile at the saw mill and thought it might make a good picture frame and that is what it became.
It can be freestanding but it is narrow so it is best to be hung on the wall. This is the first time I tried holding the back on with washers for easy removal to change the photo.

it is 1” x 10 1/2” x 10 1/2” and finished with Danish oil and satin lacquer.

The photo is of a crenelated ( crested) saguaro cactus which are kind of rare but this one is especially neat for all the arms (18) it has growing out of it. It is on the trail where all the 4 wheelers go out in the desert to the Sawtooth mountains. It is just the right distance for our lunch stop. I’m sorry I clipped off the bottom and missed some of the arms.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 04-09-2018 08:17 PM

Very nice use of a “scrap piece” the picture looks great too, a rarity. The embedded turquoise lends its self nicely with the blue sky in the photo. Great job….

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#2 posted 04-09-2018 08:30 PM

That is really cool. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 04-09-2018 08:40 PM

nice job,buddy

-- bambi

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#4 posted 04-09-2018 08:46 PM

Jim, you are going to understand that I must steal this excellent idea. Too many mesquite cutoffs laying around.

-- jstegall

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#5 posted 04-09-2018 09:06 PM

Very unique and very nice.
I too, shall engage in a bit of appropriation.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 04-09-2018 09:56 PM

Nice work Jim!

(I’m also digging that slab the frame is resting on 8^)

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#7 posted 04-09-2018 10:13 PM

Very NICE… Mother nature… hard to beat… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 04-09-2018 10:15 PM

Really nice, Jim! The turquoise accents really add to the beauty.

I like that washer idea, too!

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

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#9 posted 04-09-2018 10:18 PM

Very novel Jim, nice wood selection.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 04-09-2018 10:30 PM

Great idea, no mitered corners.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 04-09-2018 10:38 PM

Looks good Jim! You turned that little piece of Mesquite into something special!

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

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#12 posted 04-10-2018 01:10 AM

Great idea with the washers. I recently made a picture frame as a wedding gift and wracked my brain over what to use for this. Your idea is much better than what I came up with, thanks!

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#13 posted 04-10-2018 01:22 AM

Very cool!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#14 posted 04-10-2018 02:16 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I was very pleased with the results of a frame with no miters, Brian!!

Hi Bubba. when I look at that photo with all the blue sky, it seems to have a light behind it!!

Hi John and Gene. I can’t wait to see yours!!

Hi splinterpicker. One suggestion if you use the washers to hold the back in, make the back insert first before you cut the holes with the forstner bit. That way they will line up perfectly. I didn’t do that and had to be real careful to get them at the right dimensions top to bottom and left to right. I made the washers 1” and I cut the backer board with a 1 1/16” forstner bit to insure clearance. I was at a loss of how to secure the back in cleanly and I dreamed about this and it worked.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 04-10-2018 02:28 AM

Very nice Jim

I like te grain in the mesquite i’ve worked some and i can never find grain like that great job


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