Small map frame

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 09-15-2020 09:16 PM 537 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Nothing too fancy, just a small (8×14 inches or so) frame made of ash to hold a map of our neighborhood where we can look at it on the wall.

The frame is ¾” ash, hand dimensioned, with a couple ¼” beads put in with the Veritas Combination Plane, then the outer edge rounded over with a #10 hollow. A little sanding and work with a block plane to touch up the corners and rough spots. Two coats of super-blonde shellac, a coat of garnet shellac, and then another coat of super-blonde.

No glass or matte in the frame, and the map is just laminated to a piece of ¼” foam-core (thanks, Kinko’s!) which is wedged into the frame.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 09-15-2020 09:20 PM

Neil, if you’re watching, the picture frame clamps you sent me in one of my first swaps have been getting a workout lately.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 09-15-2020 09:48 PM

Very nice woodwork sir, especially the corners.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 09-15-2020 10:18 PM

I like it Dave

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#4 posted 09-15-2020 10:22 PM

Nice work! Picture frames are always better when you do it yourself.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 09-15-2020 10:46 PM

Thanks, Peter, Duck, and Hairy! I actually finished making the frame pieces two days ago, then spent most of yesterday fine-tuning. One of the corners is still a tiny bit off, but my sweetie didn’t notice, so it passed inspection.

I’m going to need to find more frame material soon, though. It’s nice to have 6 or 8 foot sticks so I can get a consistent profile the whole length, have six inches of flub at each end to throw away, and still have enough material to frame something from a single stick of wood. This one was a 53” long piece, and I had about an inch of spare material after cutting one miter the wrong way and having to adjust…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 09-15-2020 11:18 PM

nice frame work dave,have you thought of getting a guillotine,they make perfect miters for those clamps too.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 09-15-2020 11:32 PM

Would be handy to trace a line between the pub and my place… and preferably on a map of my area.

No glass…

- Dave Polaschek

Does that mean you’ve discovered vino casks?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 09-15-2020 11:38 PM

Isn’t it satisfying and gratifying when you make use of the hand tools to complete a project?, I find it so. When the corners aren’t a perfect fit, that simply demonstrates made by hand. Be sure to sign the back for posterity, some day someone will want to know who the craftsman was.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 09-16-2020 12:14 AM

NIcely done Dave, like the idea of the neighborhood map.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#10 posted 09-16-2020 12:18 AM

Good job on the frame and use of you left over wood.
Looks like your enjoying your new home in Santa Fe.
Spent a little time there in my wandering years across the west.
Looks much nicer than my infernal home in the Los Angeles area.

-- James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 09-16-2020 12:39 AM

Nice job Dave. I blew up the map but none of the streets sound familiar. We spent 5 days there looking at art and exploring caves before going onto the mountain range all the way up to Canada. To this day my wife still loves Santa Fe. Looks like a great set of picture clamps too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 09-16-2020 01:03 AM

Very nice Dave and a great idea

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#13 posted 09-16-2020 01:13 AM

Thanks, Pottz, Ducky, Tom, Chris, James, and Dave.

Pottz, I thought about a guillotine, but I’ve got a couple shooting boards, and I just saw the miters a trifle long, then a couple swipes with the plane to get the length exact and the angle perfect. Works pretty well.

Ducky, I knew about casks. But most of my vino is in bottles.

Tom, I try to get them perfect, but the stick of wood I used wasn’t exactly the same width its whole length, so that meant hand-fitting one corner. Again, a little work with a block plane got things pretty close.

I’ll sign it before we call it a day. Thanks for the reminder. I mostly brand things, but the frame is too small for my iron.

Chris, it’s especially handy as we meet new neighbors out on our walks and then come home and try to figure out where they live. None of the streets run in a straight line, and the numbers all just start wherever the street does. No grid to it. So having a map helps us figure out the area.

James, it’s been great getting my shop done just as the virus hit. Lots of hours out there building and fixing stuff.

We’re out near Eldorado, Dave, which is 15 miles from the Plaza, which is downtown Santa Fe. It’s pretty suburban, but we’ve got a grocery store, pharmacy, hardware, and a few restaurants within walking distance, and it’s been a good place to ride out the plague, especially with my shop to putter in.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 09-16-2020 01:16 AM

Thanks, Dick. It used to be a whole USGS quad, but we don’t need to know about all the empty space just now.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 09-16-2020 08:44 PM

Typical NM town, all curves, built over the centuries from the center outward 8^)
Down south here our “Long” street is shorter than “Short” street, I remember the stats from a while back that “2nd” street is a more popular name than “1st” street. Of course it does help keep the tourists in town longer “exploring” the nether regions of the town!

Frame looks great! The map is a perfect fit without all the typical clutter of a street map.

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