Mahogany Frame with Inlay

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Project by Ed Pirnik posted 12-29-2010 04:23 PM 2096 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This frame was made as a gift and features a photograph of Havana Harbor in 1904. FYI – I was able to find the hi-res file for this image on the Library of Congress’ online digital archive. If you’re ever in search of interesting vintage photographs, the LOC and the National Archives have thousands of neat photographs online and available for download.

The frame is made of Honduran mahogany and features a checkerboard inlay of ash and walnut. For the finish, I sealed it with several coats of clear shellac and paste wax.

Here are two great links for vintage photos:

Library of Congress

National Archives


-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer

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#1 posted 12-29-2010 07:07 PM

I like the idea of the inlay in the frame. I have made several frames this year but had never considered addding an inlay. Your frame looks very good.

Thanks for the links to the historical pictures.. I bookmarked both of them.

Happy New Year!

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 12:35 AM

great work, love the inlay.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 05:27 AM


Beautiful frame, and nice photo, too. Thanks for the links.


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#4 posted 03-12-2011 10:32 PM

Ed…Thanks for sharing the inlay frame and the links. Great stuff!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#5 posted 10-25-2011 02:05 AM

I’ve used the LoC site a few times before. The images (photos, posters, etc.) are absolutely phenomenal, and the one you’ve chosen is no exception. One of my favorite “sub-sites” is the “American Memory” site, specifically the Maps. I’m a sucker for old maps.

Maps at the American Memory section of the Library of Congress.

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#6 posted 10-25-2011 02:08 AM

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#7 posted 10-25-2011 03:43 PM

Dylan: Couldn’t agree more. What an awesome resource those two sites are! Can’t tell you the number of times I have used them both!

-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer

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