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Project by sgtq posted 01-30-2011 07:58 AM 2166 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have recently started dabbling with framing, this is my second frame and though it seemed such a simple project I found that the quality of your tools definatly matters. I started with some discarded pine molding a local contracter was getting rid of. Some of it was bowed or damaged on the ends. I did the miter cuts on a cheapo portable tablesaw i borrowed from a friend (I’m still scouring craigslist for my TS). The cuts showed quite significant gaps so I used some elmers wood glue, filled the gaps and sanded while the glue was still wet to pick up the same color of the boards (learned that trick on the forums here), what I failed to learn was that glue does not except stain. After the cuts were done I joined everything using a craftsman biscuit cutter and some small 1 inch biscuits. I then hand sanded and used a little water to raise the grain. This is where I found out glue does not like stain. I applied a coat of ebony stain and noticed what I now know was glue splotches, I tried and tried to apply stain and nothing so I jumped on the internet and continued to read post after post about glue not taking stain and how to fix glue splotches (most people said resand resand resand.) Well I resigned myself to fixing it and began sanding away the stain and glue but as I went it began to take on a nice pattern and look a little antiqued so I did a little more artsy sanding and than finished it off with 3 coats of satin polyurethane I used acyrilic sheet for the glass and viola. You will have to forgive my rookiness since I am definatly a rookie but through my mistake I learned a technique which I think makes for a beautiful finish, and I also learned the valuable lesson of prep prep prep before finish. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 01-30-2011 04:44 PM

It does have a nice antiqued look.

You have learned what many of us already knew…. making a picture frame is a lot harder than it looks!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-30-2011 05:11 PM

Nice frame. I really like the picture too.

-- Kyle Shipp,

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#3 posted 02-01-2011 06:01 AM

Dude, we have all been there….
If you apply some Mineral Sperits after you sand, it will highlight any flaws and dried glue and it will also remove any fine sawdust and oily finger prints. Work those areas down, retest with M.S. and you should be good to go. It dries quickly (roughly 20-30 minutes) so it doesn’t really slow things down too much. Apply your finish after it dries and you should be good.
Well done man!

-- christopheralan

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#4 posted 09-03-2011 08:51 AM

Nice job on this frame. Did you cut the profile too?

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#5 posted 10-08-2011 04:13 AM

So is that you? Are you a graduate of SLC?

-- Reed

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#6 posted 06-09-2012 04:25 PM

that’s awesome! I really like the picture too…

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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