Cherry and walnut frame

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Project by ayryq posted 10-28-2012 10:18 PM 4542 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a frame I made for a friend’s wedding gift. The artwork is by my now-four-year-old son, and is intended to be replaced. It’s a 11×14 frame matted to 8×10. Wood is cherry, begged off of my neighbor so I could get started sooner (our hardwood supplier is closed on Mondays) and walnut, found in my Grandpa’s basement.

Finish is leftover Formby’s “tung oil finish” and wax. From a distance the cherry looks kind of blotchy but up close it’s really nice. Not sure why. The cherry boards had been sitting in my neighbor’s garage unfinished for a few years, and they look blotchy too.

Weirdly, I think this is the first thing I’ve made involving mitres. Lots of picture frames, but no mitred corners. I used a table saw and Incra gauge for the cherry, and a power mitre saw for the walnut, and they both turned out pretty close.

What do you all use to hold the back in a picture frame (that is intended to be reopened)? I normally just use brads but I needed them to be able to change the picture and I needed to use something i could get at my friendly local hardware store (FLHS™). I wound up with an aluminum “turn button” from the “window clips” bin but when I tightened them down they pierced the foamboard backing.

I based it on a plan I found somewhere intended to demonstrate how to do inlay, and then I left out the inlay.

By the way, the “bowed” look in the picture is from standing too close with a wide-angle lens. The boards are straight, I promise.

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#1 posted 10-28-2012 10:24 PM

Pretty nice looking. I like the contrast between the cherry and the walnut. The price of custom framing is outrageous and that is not even with wood as nice as what you got. You inspired me. I definitely will be making frames for our art rather than paying $200.0 to get it framed at Michaels..

-- Yves

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#2 posted 10-29-2012 01:19 AM

Most of the frames I’ve made couldn’t be considered “cheap.” We have a taste for quartersawn oak in our house. But, next time you’re at Michaels with $200, spend it on a mat cutter instead. I have a Logan like this one and after the first time I haven’t even had to look at the instructions. It takes 10 minutes to cut a nice single mat.

(I am storing this mat cutter for my brother. If I were buying one for myself, having used this one, I’d probably look for one with some more capacity for cutting down full sheets. The one I have is like a tablesaw with a fence but no miter gauge: cuts can only be made parallel to an existing edge. The extra “arm” on a more expensive model (this one) is used to make a cut perpendicular to the blade. I get by with my biggest square from the garage, and next time I think I’ll see if I can rig up something with a straight-edge clamp.)

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#3 posted 10-29-2012 07:13 AM

Very Nice Work! Thanks For Posting.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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