Framed Tiles

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Project by Blake posted 05-30-2011 05:25 PM 3133 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister’s college graduation celebration (as an art major) was yesterday. Two weeks ago I saw these hand-painted tiles in an art-supply store and really liked them so I decided to build the frame as a graduation gift for my sister. The ‘two flowers’ frame is for her since she has a tropical-themed apartment and loves flowers. And since I was at it I figured I would get the Alphonse Mucha tile (wife’s favorite artist) and make it for our own house.

They are bigger than they look in the photos. Each is almost 3’ wide and 1.5’ tall. Made from Padauk, mirrored glass, hand-painted ceramic tiles and small glass tiles. Its also hard to tell but the Mucha frame is beveled from 3/4” thick to 1/4” thick around the edges. The three round pieces above and below the tile are also small mirrors. They are finished with just Linseed Oil.

The joinery on both frames is constructed with floating or ‘loose’ tenons. I cut the mortises on my home-made Horizontal Router Mortiser. Its the first time I’ve been able to use it for a project and it works great. It does the same thing that a Festool Domino would do (minus portability) accept it can do a lot more. For example, I was able to make the floating tenons about 3” wide, almost as wide as the frame itself.

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-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 05-30-2011 05:32 PM

That is really gorgeous. Your craftmanship is flawless and the wood tones go perfectly with the flowers.
The black lines I see on the frame, are they inlays or just a nicely defined dado ?

I was at a loss at what to gift my parents this Christmas, you gave me a great inspiration.

-- Yves

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#2 posted 05-30-2011 07:53 PM

Blake: A great job. Nice combination of colors.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 05-30-2011 09:33 PM

Cool. Those look great.

And once again that tool is awesome.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 05-30-2011 09:51 PM

Well done Blake. Hope all is going well this year.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 05-30-2011 09:55 PM

Blake thats beautiful workmanship ! To be honest they sell ( in a small tobacco shop here in Dunoon Argyll )some of those tiles .T hey are not cheap, but I have often thought of getting one or two to make into a project. Your lovely mirror has set the Alistair’s salivary woodjuices going LOL. Well done and thanks for showing me. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 05-30-2011 10:27 PM

Beautiful pieces Blake and wonderful craftmanship. That padauk is beautiflul and as someone has noted, it’s an excellent choice for the tiles. It has such a rich tone to it. I am certain that both sister and wife are delighted.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 05-30-2011 11:48 PM

those sure are beautiful blake, i love the richness they bring out, the glass pictures are very cool, and the wood is spot on for them…great job…im sure they will bring much viewing pleasure for your home as well as your sisters…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 05-30-2011 11:59 PM

Perfectly made as always , Blake : )
What finish did you use on the Padauk ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 05-31-2011 12:25 AM

Absolutely stunning. A feast for the eyes!

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#10 posted 05-31-2011 12:35 AM

Blake How it going? Well done always a pleasure to see your work and posts! I’m sure she loved it as well as your wife! Very nice, I like the kerf cuts as well nice touch.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 05-31-2011 02:13 AM

Blake that is really elegant work.
Some one will be really happy.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 05-31-2011 03:27 AM

Thanks everyone. They are just finished with linseed oil.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 05-31-2011 03:45 AM

Boiled or raw ?
Thanks : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 05-31-2011 04:26 AM

Very very nice Blake.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#15 posted 05-31-2011 04:30 AM

Just beautiful, Blake. What a great idea! The tiles make the project, but your frames are wonderful.


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