Two sided picture frame

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Project by JWF posted 06-18-2012 01:22 AM 4686 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two sided picture frame like Christian Becksvoort’s in the June 2010 Fine Woodworking. As soon as I saw his article I knew I wanted to build one. When Mother’s Day came around I decided to make one for my mom. Mine is scaled down to fit a 4×6 photo. That led to 1/8” thick tenons and you can see from one of the pictures what that means. Snap, snap! Good thing I cut enough for spares. This was my first try at mortise and tenon joints so I figure I’m allowed a couple of oooops moments. Made the pins by drilling a hole in a metal plate the size I needed to make a custom dowel plate. Took several tries to get two good pins since they were so small.

Material is mahogany with walnut for the itty-bitty pins. The glass came from a couple of Dollar Store frames I bought just for the glass. Finish is a couple of coats of Zinsser amber shellac. I had to fight the urge to glue a piece of macaroni to it since it’s a Mother’s Day present.

I definitely plan to build more of these but I’ll leave room for a mat on each side when I do. Having the pictures directly on the glass is not the best way to display them.

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#1 posted 06-18-2012 01:41 AM

Nice job on this. It looks great.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 06-18-2012 02:01 AM

I am always struck by how simple things are often the most elegant. This is beautiful!

Of course when I say simple I mean the appearance, not the execution!!

-- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me... AND I'm an engineer.

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#3 posted 06-18-2012 02:03 AM

Still chuckling at the macaroni !!! LOL Nice job on the frame : )

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#4 posted 06-18-2012 09:04 AM

Very Nice Work! Thanks For Posting!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 06-18-2012 09:24 PM

Nice picture frame. Is that an ex girl friend?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 06-18-2012 09:28 PM

Thanks for that macaroni blurb. Just choked on my coffee! Funny.

Great looking frame.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#7 posted 06-23-2012 08:30 PM

Did she or the kids get loose with the magic marker? At first I thought it was just a picture of the back of her head and the other side of the frame was her face. Thanks for the chuckle. Think I still have some of those macaroni frames around here someplace. Don

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#8 posted 06-27-2012 04:56 AM

For everyone wondering about the “magic marker”; the pictures in the frame were of my 14 year old daughter. I didn’t feel like plastering them on the internet so I did a little scribbling with Paint before I posted the picture here.

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