"6" Joint Picture Frame.

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Project by GaryK posted 01-31-2011 04:43 PM 10411 views 11 times favorited 53 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Being a stay at home dad takes a lot of time away from my shop, as many of you have noticed by my absence of late. I made time for this contest though. I really liked the theme.

Some of you old timers might remember the Summer 2007 contest where I entered this project:

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Well, some of those joints inspired this picture frame but with a twist, or should I say a circle?

After just having finished my curio cabinet for my wife, I had just a little over two weeks to come up with something if I wanted to have an entry for this contest. I haven’t build anything for or entered one of the contests for 2 years, so I figured I would “chip” in again.

Starting at the top are couple Japanese flavored joints. Top center is what I would call a rabbeted scarf joint. On either side of that I would call it a mortise and tenon with square pegs to hold it together. Below on both sides of that are one of my favorite joints, a pin and crescent joint.

Then for good measure I made up the bottom one. It is two overlapping circles joined with finger joints.
It didn’t turn out like I wanted it to. You really can’t see the circle on the right side.

The two major woods are Holly and Madrone. I used walnut for the square pegs to contrast both woods.
The reason for those woods is the contrast and the nature of the wood. They both hold a nice clean edge when using a chisel, and a fine grain.

It’s about 10” in diameter and 6.5” inside. One hard part was cutting a round piece of glass!

The biggest problem I encountered was after getting one joint perfect, was screwing up the other joint, scrapping
the whole part. I won’t tell you how many times I did that!

My only regret is that I didn’t take any progress pictures. (Let my brother borrow the camera, bummer!)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 04:55 PM

That’s going to be a hard entry to beat, Gary. Talk about creative joinery!

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

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 04:57 PM

Wow! That’s cool as all get out.

-- I still love you baby, but I sure don't want you back... Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 04:58 PM

For not having much shop time, Gary, you sure haven’t lost your talent for beautiful work!!

Looks like the winner to me.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 05:08 PM

THAT is really neat. Great idea, and knowing you, giving up would be the Last thing you’d do. They look perfect.


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#5 posted 01-31-2011 05:09 PM

Gary, I think this is the most creative entry I have seen from anyone, in a very long time.

Nice job!

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#6 posted 01-31-2011 05:10 PM

oh I was SO hoping you’d enter this Awards event.
Now THIS is “joinery art”.

And that last picture—really shows off its beauty :)

Extraordinary Gary. I guess we’ll have to wait for your second one to see the progress photos – it must have been EXTREMELY challenging to design and to build.

two thumbs up!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 01-31-2011 05:12 PM

Cripes Gary. That is just incredible.

Sorry, but you are going to have to recreate some of how you did this. It is not fair to tease us with the “I didn’t have a camera” excuse :)


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 01-31-2011 05:17 PM

Dude, these are hand cut??? Very impressive. I’m with Steve, cough it up – everyone’s got a camera!

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#9 posted 01-31-2011 05:19 PM

I can see one of these frames as a clock face! Nice!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#10 posted 01-31-2011 05:19 PM

Good grief…just mind-bogglingly awesome!

I think I’ll stick to rectangles and dovetails, thank you very much!

-- jay,

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#11 posted 01-31-2011 05:30 PM

Very nice Gary. I was hoping someone would do a simple project with innovative use of joinery just like this.
Very nice work.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#12 posted 01-31-2011 05:42 PM

This is what the contest is about. To encourage others to think outside the box by viewing the Best. All I can say is wow.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#13 posted 01-31-2011 05:43 PM

Good to hear from you Gary. The site has been missing your artistry. As usual beautiful work. Don’t stay away to long.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#14 posted 01-31-2011 05:43 PM

Very nice! I’m assuming that the “pegs” (some square, some round) are added after the joint is made, more or less as inlay, but I haven’t a clue how you did the joint at “12-O’Clock”. We’ll just have to take it as a puzzle!

-- SteveL

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#15 posted 01-31-2011 05:46 PM

Hey Gary
Good to see back in the saddle,This is an outstanding picture frame, She’s a real cutie.
When this contest was announced the first thing I thought of was your box of jointery you have posted here.
This picture frame is going to be all but impossible to beat .Your work is always the most interesting and shows your amazing skills ,fantastic frame.


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