Painted Poplar Picture Frame Project

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 06-26-2021 07:40 PM 541 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a picture frame, made from poplar and painted with black iron Real Milk Paint which was scuffed a bit to give it a “weathered” look, then a couple coats of BLO, topped off by three coats of shellac.

I did a build blog with a lot of the details of the build.

My sweetie likes the finished result, so I’ve got a happy client, in spite of some hiccups along the way. And the print of the painting of corn done by a local artist now hangs in our kitchen.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 06-26-2021 08:50 PM

nice frame work dave goes real well with the print.was the frame clamp something you made?

-- 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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#2 posted 06-26-2021 09:11 PM

Very nice work. Did you make the clamp set and can you go over that?

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#3 posted 06-26-2021 09:26 PM

The frame clamp was made by Neil Poohbaah, and it in the summer swap in 2017. It’s pretty simple construction, but sure is handy.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 06-27-2021 01:47 AM

Very nice frame, and interesting blog during the build.

-- "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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#5 posted 06-27-2021 01:54 AM

Thanks, Tom! And thanks for following along. I learned a few things along the way myself, and hopefully a few others did too.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 06-27-2021 04:06 AM

Sharp looking, it goes real nicely with the picture. Good job. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#7 posted 06-27-2021 04:43 AM

Doris Day? is she still alive?
Legend has it she sits on Clint Eastwoods mantle piece.

Anyway enough of the trivia,

Well done Dave a great result and Pretty as a picture…again.

Now the corn is it real variegated corn or a graphic reproduction?, and being a corny expert is the image upside down?

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 06-27-2021 09:59 AM

Dave, I’m not too sure if the print compliments the frame or vise-versa but it sure is a great looking wall hanger

-- 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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#9 posted 06-27-2021 12:24 PM

Thanks, Mel!

Rob, it’s a painting of variegated corn (maize), and it’s in the correct orientation, hanging from the husks.

Thanks, Dick! We both looked at the art and decided black frame with white mat was the right combination for that print.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 06-27-2021 01:38 PM

Well matched up with the corn and frame!

I remember growing “Indian” corn as a kid across the valley there, very traditional for holiday wreaths, etc.

There even is some that is usable for popping corn. Still comes out white, but the husk peels in the kernel center still has the colors.

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#11 posted 06-27-2021 01:41 PM

Thanks, Splint! I grew some Indian corn when I was a kid, and my dad chopped it all down because the cobs were so scrawny he thought it was sick. But the next year when I tried again we had popping corn from it that worked pretty well, and had a lot more flavor than the normal store-bought stuff.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 06-27-2021 03:11 PM

Perfect end results Dave. Hanging pics of corn in the kitchen would be a change in our home. All we have in our kitchen are pics of tomatoes all over.

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

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#13 posted 06-27-2021 03:28 PM

Thanks, Dave! We’ve got clouds, a photo of a teddy bear, and the cover from Primus’ Pork Soda hanging in the kitchen too. Plus a chile pepper wreath.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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