Purple heart frame

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Project by Nate Noe posted 01-18-2008 12:01 AM 3313 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve always wanted to work with purple heart, so when I bought this print with with it’s nice complimentary yellows and golds I took the opportunity. When I started sanding I thought I had ruined the frame because the wood began changing to a tanish, brown. But after some quick internet research I found that purple heart is one of those oxidizing, light sensitive woods that changes color. I added some aluminum and a slight bevel to give it more of a contemporary look.

-- Nate, denver CO

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Bill Hall

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#1 posted 01-18-2008 01:11 AM

Excellent! I might be blatantly stealing your idea soon if you don’t mind. :) A purple heart frame would look nice in my home.


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#2 posted 01-18-2008 01:16 AM

Another great frame, and again the aluminum sets it off nicely, love that purlple heart in something like this. Great Job Nate.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#3 posted 01-18-2008 01:34 AM

Nice frame. It compliments the picture well. What did you use for a finish?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 01-18-2008 02:10 AM

Nice accent!

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

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#5 posted 01-18-2008 06:58 AM

You know what? Your addition of aluminum splines just gave me a great idea. And I’ll leave it at that. Nice frame Nate!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#6 posted 01-18-2008 11:24 AM

What a great frams. I love working with purpleheart, and purple is my wife’s favorite color.

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Nate Noe

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#7 posted 01-19-2008 01:40 AM

Thanks, the finish is linseed oil and wax. My pictures really don’t do the color of the wood any justice.

-- Nate, denver CO

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#8 posted 01-28-2010 09:54 PM

very nice picture frame.. I like the aluminum for the corners… adds a neat appeal to the project…

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