Purple Heart/Maple Picture Frame

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Project by Ben posted 12-20-2010 05:56 AM 3690 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Christmas gift for my mom. I glued a strip of Maple between two pieces of Purple Heart. It is was finished with 2 light coats of satin Arm-R-Seal. It holds a 16” x 19” picture of my daughter. I need to build a miter sled ASAP. The miters came out ok (to me) but i know they can be tighter with some tool calibration and a decent sled. Thanks for looking.

-- Ben in Houston

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#1 posted 12-20-2010 03:03 PM

Tell you what… That is a beautiful frame for a beautiful picture. I’m by no means a betting man, but I would be willing to bet your mom is going to absolutely love this. Good stuff Ben!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 12-20-2010 03:40 PM

Thanks Dan!

-- Ben in Houston

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#3 posted 12-20-2010 06:00 PM

Ben, your picture frame looks great. I vote with Dan. Your mother will love it. You have a beautiful daughter also. Enjoy the kids when they are young, they grow up faster than you may think. Merry Christmas from a fellow Texan.

-- There are times when a mistake is remembered as your best work.

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#4 posted 12-20-2010 08:14 PM

Thanks Condor!

-- Ben in Houston

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#5 posted 12-21-2010 02:21 AM

Looks great, Ben. Miters are the holy grail of woodworking. I’m more of a builder/remodeler and get humbled every time I build a simple box or picture frame. There’s no painters caulk for fine woodworking!

-- Don't just talk about it, be about it.

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#6 posted 12-21-2010 07:15 AM

Hard to get invisible miters ;-)) Nice work on the frame. I lke that idea and may use that combo myself if you don’t mind? :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 12-21-2010 03:42 PM

Thanks Hangdog and Topamax! As far as using the PH/Maple combo I say go for it. It was fun and a little frustrating at the same time. There was quite a bit of residual stress in the PH and it cupped pretty bad immediately after running it through the table saw. It made the glue ups interesting and then I had to remove quite a bit of stock (again with the TS due to no planer/jointer yet) to get everything squared up. I would just laugh every now and then because I started out with quite a bit of wood and ended up with just enough to make a narrow frame.

-- Ben in Houston

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