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Project by lysdexic posted 05-22-2020 07:20 PM 451 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, I built a floating frame for a painting that I purchased. This is kind of a big deal as I have never coughed up the money for real art before. I take that back. I did purchase a Farrah Fawcett poster in middle school but that is a different story. This painting was painted by a dude named Sean B. Williams from Charleston S.C. He has been recognized locally for his work painting murals for Charleston breweries.

Once I had the canvas in my possession I knew it needed a proper frame which implies I should have asked Smitty to make me one. But I thought I’d give it a try.

I found a stick of rift sawn white oak that was JUST long and wide enough to get this done. The canvas is 2’x 4’ and square. I had another stick of 1”by pine for the back. Also, with the semi-psychedelic colors in this work, I know it deserves proper lighting. I can’t do any gallery type lighting in my living room, so a LED frame light should do the trick.

The glue-up: notice how I already mitered the oak and pine backing prior to gluing. I thought I’d get away with this but in reality just effed it up.

Also, as typical in picture framing, my angles were off a half a degree. After much consternation, the shooting board saves the day. I love shooting boards.

Next, I glued cut-offs to the frame to allow proper clamping pressure. I glued two corners at a time. I don’t own any other frame clamping set-ups.

After the frame came together, the clamping “cauls” were removed.

I fabricated a miter spline jig to reinforce the joints. The splines are made of walnut scrap.

Let me speak to the coloring of the back of the frame to which the canvas frame is attached to with screws. Now, I know you can’t really see it but I though I’d increase the spacing to give it more dimension and paint the backing to “echo” the colors of the painting. Plain black would be perfectly adequate but what the hell – this is fun. In the end you can’t really see it.

Finally, I fit the lighting hardware. If you don’t recess the tubing it will make the frame hang on the wall offset. I wanted it flush.

Also, conventionally paintings are illuminated from the top (at least in my limited experience). But the painting is of a sunset so a installed the light strip at the bottom.

These pics are the “King Dusko” sans frame or light. I’ll make the obvious disclaimer about the appearance of the painting with different ambient light and white balance.

Now the final product with and without the light. Drum roll….....

Some other pics…...

Of course, that self-critic, that we all share suggests that I would do a few things differently next time. But, overall, I am very pleased with how it came out. I love this painting and hope it adorns my and families walls for generations.

Peace

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here





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#1 posted 05-22-2020 07:23 PM

That’s not a Jeep.

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 05-22-2020 07:32 PM

Love the echoed backing, nonconformist underlighting, and satiated pooch.

Thank you Scotty.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 05-22-2020 07:33 PM

Did you make that plant stand?

-- ~Tony

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 05-22-2020 07:39 PM

Wow! That’s. Simply. Awesome!

Very, very nice work. You are meticulous, and it shows in this frame project. The walnut splines are a very nice touch; kudos on the kerfing method (via tablesaw and clamps), extra points for that. A significant Galoot Index score for the L-N shoot board plane too.

Cords suck, don’t they?

Love the Type 11 logo shot. And, The Painting!!

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#5 posted 05-22-2020 07:57 PM

Looks great, man!

-- Billy

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#6 posted 05-22-2020 07:58 PM

And well done photography!

Good job Scotty! I love the painting.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#7 posted 05-22-2020 08:03 PM



That s not a Jeep.

- AnthonyReed

I had to sell the Jeeps to pay for the oak lumber involved with this project.

Nope on the plant stand. I will admit to being a frequent patron of West Elm.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#8 posted 05-22-2020 08:24 PM

The frame is gorgeous and adds to the painting, two of examples of artistry each complimenting the other. Smoke anything while admiring the scenery? :-)

Good to have you posting again.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#9 posted 05-22-2020 08:29 PM

Very nice, I like the design and presentation of both the frame and painting, I think it worked out great

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#10 posted 05-22-2020 09:16 PM

Thanks for the kind words fellas.

Next time I think I would use white oak for the splines. A subtler contrast.

Yes, cords suck big time. I am going to live with for a while but will probably hide them in the wall later.

TOF – I am getting ready to smoke a pork butt tomorrow if that counts.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#11 posted 05-22-2020 10:03 PM

Absolutely, after all it does affect your mood in a good way.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#12 posted 05-22-2020 10:10 PM

Really nice work. I think you were spot on with your decisions—the floating presentation, the recessed light support tubing, the splines, and even the position of the light. The painting really pops.

-- Ron Stewart

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#13 posted 05-22-2020 10:14 PM

Nice job Scott! Looks great.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#14 posted 05-23-2020 12:28 AM

Great pix of the process, and a fabulous end result

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#15 posted 05-23-2020 02:23 AM

Nice work. That painting is very cool, and your choice of frame is excellent. Compliments on your build photos too. They have a nice artistic look to many of them.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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