Cherry Picture Frame

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Project by Retsof posted 12-23-2012 09:18 PM 2199 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this picture frame for my Sister for Christmas. It fits a 16”x20” mat for an 11”x14” photo.


The frame is made from Cherry and finished with three coats of Watco Danish Oil followed by two coats of Bee’s Wax polish.


It’s Arts & Crafts inspired, with the mortise and tenon joints, but I didn’t work from any plans. I cut all the pieces from the same cherry board. I think it looks pretty good with a few of my photos from the family farm in Upstate New York.


The last photo shows several of the Christmas Presents that I made from wood this year. Each one was a great learning experience for me.


-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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#1 posted 12-23-2012 09:30 PM

Simple and tasteful project.

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#2 posted 12-23-2012 10:10 PM

Nice frames.

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#3 posted 12-23-2012 10:13 PM

Very nice! I like a frame with no miters LOL!

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#4 posted 12-23-2012 11:33 PM

very attractive

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#5 posted 12-24-2012 02:16 AM

Your frame is very nice, but I love your fishing nets!

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#6 posted 12-24-2012 02:42 AM

The style of the frames really work with the pictures, especially the 1st one with the snowy scene.

What grit did you sand to before applying the oil ?

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#7 posted 12-24-2012 03:43 AM

Thanks! I don’t mind making frames with mitered corners, but for this one, I wanted something big and chunky. I sanded with 120, 150, and 220 before oiling. Three coats of oil followed by two coats of bee’s wax and a good buffing, gives a nice silky finish that isn’t too glossy. The best thing is that it’s also quick.

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#8 posted 12-24-2012 07:09 PM

Awesome picture frame

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