Reclaimed Oak Picture Frames

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Project by albachippie posted 12-10-2012 08:07 PM 2094 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a couple of picture frames I made for Christmas presents. I guess they are loosely arts and crafts inspired. The timber is reclaimed oak. Original use for oak was malt whiskey casks. See before and after in second pic. The half round cut to the bottom left rail of the first frame is where the bung would have been when originally a cask. The third photo shows the rear of one of the frames where I have deliberately left the original charring.
The aroma in the workshop when machining this was unusual, but lovely! Did wonder if I should be operating machinery whilst inhaling such a whiskey soaked smell!
The finish is two coats of clear wax, to seal in the whiskey aroma as much as to bring out the grain!
Anyway, as always, comments welcome,

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 10:15 PM

I dig its natural charm and look.

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#2 posted 12-11-2012 01:58 AM

These are awesome. Where did you get the whiskey barrel?

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#3 posted 12-11-2012 03:47 AM

Good use of old wood. Never like to see it go to waste. As for the fumes. I’d have loved to been there.

-- LAS,

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#4 posted 12-11-2012 07:30 PM

They look great, how did you make a flat piece of stock from arched barell staves? I have been making spoons and things from old oak bourbon/wine staves, but all have arcs.

-- Pete in NC

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#5 posted 12-12-2012 09:05 AM

Thanks all for stopping by for a look.

Fishinbo- thanks for that. I tried to keep as much character as possible from the original parts

Stephen- I’m not exactly sure where this barrel came from. A friend found it on a job and stripped it down to individual staves.

Luke- The fumes were quite strong!

Pete- I hadn’t really considered keeping the arc. I jointed everything flat, or, on the thicker pieces, I resawed them on my bandsaw. The problem with this is there is a lot of waste, as you can appreciate. I might try and work out a way to hold on to the arc and see how that goes.

Thanks again,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#6 posted 12-19-2012 04:24 PM

Very nice.

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