Leopard Wood Frame

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Project by Jim Boehm posted 03-17-2008 04:41 AM 2456 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the first frame I made recently for a mirror we got. This project kind of roughed me up a bit but it came out pretty good. The mirror is 36” wide x 30” tall. The finished frame is 42 1/2” wide x 36 1/2” tall. I made the frame out of leopard wood and it is 3 1/2” wide. I took a moulding bit and routed the design on both sides of the frame on my router table. I also put some custom edges on the closest bead which I did with a chisel. I wanted to add a personal touch to it. I just have to touch up the finish with a razor blade and then it is done. It is amazing how much bigger our living room looks with this frame on the wall. I have plans to make two sconces that will “mirror” the design of the frame. I will post them when they get done. There is no stain on the frame, just two coats of gloss urethane for the finish.

-- "Knowledge is King! It is never too late to learn something new." - Jim

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#1 posted 03-17-2008 05:52 AM

ive never seen leopard used before , first time for everything. i like the figure of the wood,good job on your first frame.

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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#2 posted 03-17-2008 06:43 AM

That some nice looking wood. Great frame.

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

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#3 posted 03-17-2008 07:48 AM

Great Profile! What bits did you use to create it??? Nice choice of wood and finish!!

-- --Chuck

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#4 posted 03-17-2008 09:24 AM

Really nice looking frame and wood. Thanks for posting.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 03-17-2008 11:14 AM

Great looking frame. The corner miters are really tight.

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#6 posted 03-17-2008 11:36 AM


This is a very nice looking frame. I like the look of the leopardwood as well. Your finish came out fine.

Thanks for sharing this project.

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

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#7 posted 03-17-2008 10:00 PM

thats a great finish for leopard wood. great job.

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#8 posted 03-18-2008 01:51 AM

Thanks for the posts guys!

Chuck- I used a moulding bit from a set that said the profiles were used for base and casing mouldings. The bit I used came out of a four piece set. The wood cut nice and smooth with no burning.(I made three passes.

I measured the length of the bit from the base of the cutting blade to the halfway point of the bearing. The wood was cut to double length of the bit up to the bearing point. I set it up in my router table so that my table saw fence kept it just barely snug against the bearing and routed one side. I flipped the wood over and routed the other side. The end result was a “mirrored” look on the moulding with the center point the flat edge in the center of it. It gives it the look of a larger profile bit cut.

My wife picked out the wood and she absolutely loves the end result as do I. Thanks for the comments again. I had a good time building this. I think I might have started a problem here as we have lots of pictures. (Sorry honey!) :)

-- "Knowledge is King! It is never too late to learn something new." - Jim

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