Charlie Harper bird tile

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Project by CanalboatJim posted 09-04-2019 03:56 PM 443 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that the summer is almost over and all of this year’s projects are finished, I am finally able to get into the shop. My wife had asked me to make something to hold this tile that she received for Mothers Day. It is a copy of one of Cincinnati artist Charlie Harper’s bird pictures. I had a lovely piece of curly maple that I had been saving for something special, so I used it for the frame.
If anyone says that it’s easy to cut perfect 45 degree miters has probably never done them before. After much fussing, I was able to get miters that I was happy with. In the process I lost some length from each arm. Fortunately,I had left the board extra wide. I was able to rip the boards to four inches which gave me the proper size opening for the tile. The finish is spray shellac sanded to 600 grit, then waxed.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#1 posted 09-04-2019 05:37 PM

Looks great.

-- Larry

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#2 posted 09-04-2019 09:24 PM

Nice work.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 09-05-2019 03:58 AM

I like that tile, and you did a great job making a home for it.

How did you cut your miters? I like a TS sled made for just miter cuts. I’ve discovered a new one, that is the best design I’ve seen, but haven’t needed a frame lately so I’m waiting to make the new sled. From knowing what I know about a sled with just a triangle to get your 45’s this also dials you in for exact lengths, which is as important as getting the angle right. Just a bit short, or long on even one piece, and it all goes downhill. It would seem knowing your needed size is the only figuring you would need to do after the sled build.

Also, but he’s much more in your face. But he did post his video about 2 years earlier.

Highly suggested for any sled what with wood movement. It’s hard to get accuracy with sloppy rails on your sled.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 09-05-2019 09:43 AM

Nice frame. I use a Incra 1000 HD. Makes quick work of accurate mitres.

-- Petey

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