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Project by Devin posted 07-17-2012 08:22 AM 5177 views 80 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Arts and crafts and the Greene brothers were the inspiration behind the design of this frame.
It is made of walnut with ebony pillowed plugs. 1/8” chamfers all the way around.
Finished with Deftoil danish oil, wet sanded to 600.
Roughly 36” by 24”
The picture is of my grandfather’s childhood home on Rousay with the his school on the loch in the background, my wife commissioned the piece from a local Orkney artist when we visited the islands a couple years ago.

Thanks for looking, Devin.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#1 posted 07-17-2012 09:33 AM

Great design and tribute to the G&G brothers! Very well done, looks great!

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

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#2 posted 07-17-2012 11:07 AM

I agree great design and better yet its nice to see someone trying to keep at least something on the past to look back on. No better way that this work or art.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina ([email protected])

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 11:34 AM

Devin -

That is a beautiful picture frame. Very G&G yet it has a modern flair.


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#4 posted 07-17-2012 12:49 PM

As you were inspired, your work inspires others. Great job!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 07-17-2012 03:06 PM

Nicely done. Where did the ebony pillowed plugs come from?

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#6 posted 07-17-2012 03:07 PM

Very nice. Oil finishes are really great on pieces like this.

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#7 posted 07-17-2012 05:35 PM

I like it ! All the nice refinements really transform what could have been a “heavy” looking frame into an elegant, handsome one. Well done.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#8 posted 07-17-2012 06:11 PM

Thanks everyone, we are quite happy with how it all turned out.
Bob, the ebony plugs came from my shop ;).
I made them by cutting a strip of ebony just a hair larger than my chisel width, then sanded and shaped the end of the strip until the pillow was formed (worked through about 8 grits, starting at 50, finishing up at 600), then cut the pillowed end off the strip. The plugs are only about 1/4” long when finished.
In this case they are not covering screw holes, nor are they acting as pins for the joint, they are very shallow and only decorative.
Mark (The Woodwhisperer) has a great video that I used to learn how to make them.
I found the process of making the plugs to be long and less then “exciting”...I can’t imagine doing dozens of plugs like you see on many Greene and Greene styled pieces.

thanks, Devin.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#9 posted 09-28-2012 03:52 PM

Any chance you can post pics of the back of the frame? I’d like to see how you’ve attached the glass and backer. Thanks.

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#10 posted 09-29-2012 05:01 PM

@HHT, I had the picture professionally mounted and they seal the back with a piece of paper, so I’m afraid there isn’t much to see.
I can tell you that I put a 3/8 by 1/2 inch rabbet around the inside (I asked the picture framing company what they needed it to be just to be safe).
I believe the glass (and mats, and picture) are all held in with some little brackets, and then the back of the frame is sealed up with a piece of paper, glued directly to the back of the frame. This prevents dust from getting in.
Normally, the backing paper would be cut flush to the frame’s outer edge, but for my frame I asked them to keep it about an inch back all the way around.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#11 posted 10-06-2012 07:15 PM

I have been admiring this frame since you first posted it. I really think you got the proportions perfect on it. I am getting ready to make a couple of frames for some all pictures and I would like to use this style. I am wondering if you could describe and maybe post a couple pictures of the joinery you used. Are they through tenons or half laps? What thickness of material did you use to make the rabbet on the back deep enough for the glass and matting? How deep was the rabbet? I am sorry for all the questions, but these will be my first frames. Thanks

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#12 posted 10-21-2012 06:41 AM

@horsch, I’m not sure what the joinery would be called….”really wide dado”? It’s like a half lap, but I only removed material from top piece (the horizontal pieces of the frame). I started with 2” stock and finished with the vertical pieces at 1” and the horizontal at 1 1/4”. The “dado” in the horizontal piece is 1” deep, which makes the back of the frame pieces flush and leaves a 1/4” reveal on the front. The rabbets in the inside of the frame are about 1/2” or 3/8” wide and 3/4” deep, this makes the glass sit 1/4” back from the face of the vertical pieces and 1/2” back from the horizontal.
Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#13 posted 03-03-2014 12:58 PM

I think you have done a great job. Great look, bit Modern and Old at the same time – Timeless some might say.

-- Forest Grump

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