Arts and Crafts Picture Frame in QSWO

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Project by Vincent Nocito posted 10-17-2012 09:12 PM 3447 views 17 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This as an Arts & Crafts Picture Frame made from quartersawn white oak (picture 1,2, 3). The frame is 16” W x 19”H. The stiles are 3/4” thick and 2.75” wide. The rails are 5/8” thick and 2.5” wide. Frame construction is through mortise and tenons (picture 4 and 5). The print sits in a rabbet and is backed with 1/8” baltic birch plywood.

The finish is dark reddish brown Trans Tint dye followed by a seal coat of General Seal-A-Cell. The glaze coat is General Finishes Antique Walnut gel stain. The frame is finished with 3 coats of satin Arm-R-Seal and clear Briwax. Picture 6 shows the frame after the dye step of the finishing process. It is always a bit scary when using these water soluble dyes because the intermediate color is not representative of the way it will look upon completion. I have found that it is sometimes best to keep the project out of sight until the finishing is complete to avoid questions and odd stares.

The print is by Paul Lanquist commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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#1 posted 10-17-2012 09:29 PM

I like the way the grain popped out with the stain. This looks very nice. Great job!

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#2 posted 10-17-2012 09:37 PM

Nice vintage ambiance. That was a lot of work for a picture frame! It’s that labor of love thing. I get that. A lot of folks tell me I spend way too much time on my projects. That I could make more money doing other things with my time. Yeah, but they just don’t understand!

A beautiful job!

-- Skip, Forestville, CA,

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#3 posted 10-18-2012 12:29 AM

Very nice project. Thanks for the detailed description of your finishing steps.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#4 posted 10-18-2012 12:35 AM

Wow! I really like the proportions and the finish. I may put your dimensions into SketchUp and scale it up to fit a large wall mirror LOML wants me to reframe to match our 20’s style home. Thanks for sharing and for the great documentation. Nicely done all around.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#5 posted 10-18-2012 01:18 PM

This color on quarterswan oak is outstanding. Frame design is excellent as well. Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 10-18-2012 05:29 PM

I have been building a lot of frames lately. I can tell you have done a fine job. The finishing process sounds laborious, however by the looks of the frame – it was well worth it.
I like the print too.
Great work!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 10-27-2012 03:49 AM

Great Job, Love it!!

How arethe corners joined???

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#8 posted 10-27-2012 01:52 PM

The frame uses through mortise and tenon joints (photo 4 and 5). After the joints are cut, fine tuned and dry fit, I apply glue from the tenon shoulder to about 3/8” from the end. No glue in the mortise. That way, when you push the joint together, you avoid having glue on the exposed part of the tenon. A few hours in the clamps and the frame is set. There is a rabbet to hold the glass and print. These are backed by 1/8” baltic birch plywood held in place with framing points. I use a Lee Valley point gun (86K87.05) and flexible points (86K87.06).

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#9 posted 12-20-2012 09:02 PM

Very nice.

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#10 posted 10-23-2013 06:36 PM

How did you like working with the General Finishes Antique Walnut gel stain? I have tried it on sample boards and the color is phenomenal. Do you think it would be difficult to get an even color on larger projects?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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