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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 08-01-2021 08:59 PM 750 views 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in the before times I took a class in (using) moulding planes with Matt Bickford at Lost Art Press. At the end of the class, I had a nice piece of cherry moulding suitable for a picture frame. I forget the exact details of the moulding.

A while later, I bought one of the prints from Molly Brown and have finally gotten around to framing it. The glass is slightly over 8 inches square, which gives a 1¼ inch mat around the print (though about a quarter inch of that is hidden under the frame).

Construction is pretty typical for a picture frame. Frame, museum glass, mat board, the print, backing board, glazing points, then a construction paper backer to cover it all up and keep the dust out. The frame is mitered and has 5/8 inch ash plugs (I bought a plug cutter to make them) put in to strengthen the miters (with the grain running the correct direction this time). You can see them in the picture of the back.

Finish is leaving the moulded stick in the window of my shop for six-eight months with the New Mexico sun shining in on it, then 3 coats of platina shellac. Gotta love cherry for how easy it is to finish!

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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#1 posted 08-01-2021 09:33 PM

Nice molding, great looking frame.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 08-01-2021 09:34 PM

Nice molding plane work, frame looks good.
How did you find the class?, would you recommend it?

-- "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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#3 posted 08-01-2021 09:39 PM

The frame is nice, great form and a hand worked profile, that cherry looks to have aged well!

The are work is really nice, good job on selection of the matting.

Have to ask, have you been committed? Talk of 70 hand DT’d book cases and the new picture hung on what looks to be the wall of a padded cell… 8^)

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#4 posted 08-01-2021 10:57 PM

Just don’t hang that picture in your workshop, DP... In a rush, you’ll find it hard to drill a hole with a picture…if you manage to decide which brace to use.

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

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#5 posted 08-01-2021 11:46 PM

Thanks, Oldrivers!

Tom, Matt’s classes are listed here but there are none scheduled. Lost Art Press has a list of their classes for 2021 but Matt’s not on the list. It was a good class, but didn’t cover anything that wasn’t in his book except for some BSing.

Thanks, Splint! I’ve got three other bits of art that need framing too. I would send them out, but I’m having fun framing stuff myself, too, and I don’t have a framer here in NM yet. Not committed, I just set the picture on the bed to take the picture on the white blanket/quilt, because I haven’t figured out exactly where it’s going to hang yet.

Ducky, I’ve already been told it’s “too nice for the shop,” so I should find a place to hang it in the house.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 08-01-2021 11:51 PM

nice dave.

-- 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 08-02-2021 12:01 AM

Thanks, Pottz!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 08-02-2021 01:58 AM



nice dave.

- pottz


Why is it you never say ”nice duck”!

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

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#9 posted 08-02-2021 02:09 AM

Looks great. Cherry is fast becoming a favorite for me. What did you use for finish? Nice deep color.

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#10 posted 08-02-2021 02:10 AM


nice dave.

- pottz

Why is it you never say ”nice duck”!

- LittleBlackDuck


because ducks nip at your ankles !

-- 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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#11 posted 08-02-2021 02:18 AM

Thanks, Barb! That’s a “sunlight bath” for six or eight months, sitting in the window of my shop, and then three coats of platina shellac. With cherry, just giving it a day or two in the sun before applying a finish can make it look a lot better a lot quicker.

I should go back and add the finishing “regimen” to the initial post.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 08-02-2021 02:25 AM



Thanks, Barb! That’s a “sunlight bath” for six or eight months, sitting in the window of my shop, and then three coats of platina shellac. With cherry, just giving it a day or two in the sun before applying a finish can make it look a lot better a lot quicker.

I should go back and add the finishing “regimen” to the initial post.

- Dave Polaschek


That’s very interesting. I think the table I made from cherry already looks some darker. That’s with finish but in a sunny spot in our kitchen. Does the finish slow color change?

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#13 posted 08-02-2021 02:29 AM

That’s very interesting. I think the table I made from cherry already looks some darker. That’s with finish but in a sunny spot in our kitchen. Does the finish slow color change?

Depends on the finish, but some finishes can slow the color change by blocking the UV. Or in the case of oils, it can accelerate the color change. But generally, if I have a piece that I think will benefit from a sunlight bath, I’ll do that before I finish, so I can adjust the color of the shellac (I also have garnet and orange on hand) to make what I think will look best.

We have a bunch of days with a UV Index of 13 here in Santa Fe, so it may take a little longer for you to get the same results. With this stick, I just set it on the windowsill and forgot about it. Luckily I didn’t need to do any sanding or anything that would take off the layer that had changed color.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 08-02-2021 02:45 AM

The unique nature of wood continues to amaze me. So much to learn. Thanks again for the insights.

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#15 posted 08-02-2021 02:51 AM

You’re welcome. In general, all wood tends to head towards a middle-dark brown. The wood database has a pretty good article if you want to learn more.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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