Maple Picture Frame for 16 X 20 Portrait

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Project by itsme_timd posted 12-03-2007 07:15 AM 2812 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 3rd project in the shop and my first with anything other than simple square cuts. I learned a lot with this project and (after some minor frustrations) I’m pretty pleased with the outcome.

Thanks to Tom Angle who saved my finish on this frame!

I used maple for the frame front and trimmed the inside with twisted rope trim, the subframe is aspen. Most of the joints were pretty tight, the twisted rope was tricky to line up as the pattern was reversed at each cut.

Mistakenly, I thought that ‘stainable’ wood filler meant that it would blend with the wood – not so much. Lesson learned.

The finishing on this was the tough part, the first stain was orange – very orange. Tom suggested I shellac, sand, gel stain and seal. I followed this and got the finish to a nice brown. I like the way it turned out but I see room for improvement for sure.

All in all, for my first ‘real’ project I’m pretty happy with it.

  • Here’s the first attempt at staining, doesn’t quite show the true orangeness of the stain.


Close up of finished frame.

Kudos, comments and constructive criticism are welcomed!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#1 posted 12-03-2007 07:51 AM

Do just that. It appears it’ll really look good. You have all the necessary tools but it looks like you need a bigger bench surface! Might that be your next project?

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#2 posted 12-03-2007 02:07 PM

Nice frames. I just checked out your workshop page and yeah, you need to build some tables, counters and benches. You can never have enough. I forget which LumberJock said it, but “Someone keeps getting in my shop and stealing all my horizontal surfaces”. Maybe that thief came by your house. Shop furniture is a great place to learn your capabilities and experiment. You can use used/salvaged/cheap materials, and your mistakes will be there to remind you how to do it next time.
Looking forward to seeing more from you.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#3 posted 12-03-2007 02:29 PM

Cool frame. I like your other projects too. Show more pics of the frame when you finish and welcome.

-- Kirk H. --

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#4 posted 12-03-2007 03:14 PM

Thanks for all the great comments everyone, this seems to be a very active and helpful community.

I definitely need some more bench space. I found a plan that had a large fold-away bench which would be great for me. It seems that all my horizontal surfaces disappear in no time – no matter how many times I clean them off!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#5 posted 12-03-2007 03:48 PM

Looking good!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 12-04-2007 01:53 AM

looks great…cant wait for the finished project..your wife will love it!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 12-04-2007 12:56 PM

That is an impressive looking picture frame. Nice job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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