Cherry and Purpleheart Picture Frame

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Project by Brandon posted 02-14-2011 05:10 PM 2177 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first big picture frame. I used cherry with purpleheart inlays (roughly 1/4” deep). I also decided to insert a cherry spline that ran parallel to the miter joints to make them stronger (see the third picture).

The first picture shows the completed frame. I designed the frame for a facsimile of a page from Codex Sinaiticus that I had. Codex Sinaiticus, for those of you interested, is a fourth-century copy of the Bible in Greek—one of the most important manuscripts of the Bible ( I also did the matting myself, which is easy compared to the woodworking aspect.

The second picture is the bare frame (sure, I could have rotated the picture). ;-)

The third picture shows the dowel at the end of the miter joint.

The fourth picture is just a close-up of the miter.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 06:03 PM

I love simple lines on frames. nice work

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 06:57 PM

Beautiful job Brandom. Two of MY favorite combnations of wood. Also good choice of contrast with the matt.

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 10:42 PM

Very nice work. Well done..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 02-15-2011 06:52 AM

Great Job. the woods really complement each other.

-- Anthony

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#5 posted 12-06-2011 01:38 AM

Beautiful frame.

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#6 posted 05-18-2012 05:52 PM

That color combination looks pretty nice. I have yet to make a picture frame. My wife has been asking for some.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 05-18-2012 05:59 PM

Thanks Mauricio. I made another one a few months back using rustic wood from a pallet. Perhaps I’ll post it.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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