First Frame

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Project by RTJM27 posted 03-06-2012 01:05 AM 1943 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend had a silk map he wanted framed. I naively said I could do it no problem. This is the first frame I’ve done and couldn’t believe the challenges I encountered. The map is stretched over 3/8 plywood so the weight was considerable. I was doing the project pro bono so I tried to keep material costs to a minimum. The plexi was ridiculous so I decided to make the frame out of pine to keep it cheap. In hind sight I should have just paid for some walnut or oak because the pine just did not want to hold the weight I was asking it to. I finally came up with a plan to make the plywood support the frame instead of vice versa and it turned out well. The ‘customer’ was happy and that’s what matters. A lot of lessons learned on my part as well. Thanks for looking.

-- Reed

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#1 posted 03-06-2012 01:22 AM

Super job, nice looking miters, customer should be well pleased

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 01:31 AM

Looks good to me Reed, nice first frame.


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#3 posted 03-06-2012 01:58 AM

Yeah Reed, I thought what could be simpler than a frame? Until I went to make my first one! You did good on this one (even if you cheated with the plywood gussets). I would have splined the miters for strength but your gussets should be REALLY strong. Nice job on the whole project. Now go make another!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 03:49 AM

You did well REED and the project will be appreciated and that is what matters .
Be proud .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 03-06-2012 06:25 AM

Your workbench is pretty nice too, and a very clean shop

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#6 posted 03-06-2012 01:40 PM

Well done, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 03-06-2012 01:44 PM

someone will be happy. i always have a hard time with 45’s in a frame also

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#8 posted 03-06-2012 11:00 PM

Well done, your right frames can be a real bear to get them to come out looking good.

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

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