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Project by William posted 12-27-2012 01:16 AM 1888 views 0 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my sons recently got married. He, and his bride, wanted their license and the garter (not my idea) framed. One of the brides maids works at a professional frame shop and offered to matte and frame it for them. My son asked her to matte it, but said that he wanted his Dad to frame it because he says I make the nicest frames. Now, he didn’t tell me this. I was told of this conversation in private from the girl who was supposed to matte it when she delivered the matted piece that was to be framed to me.
Well, after being told this, I set out to think of a way to make a frame that was especially more nice than I normally make.

I am sure this is not original. I just can’t remember if, or where I may have seen it at. I have seen splines in plenty of frames. That was the original idea for the contrasting splines nearest the corners on all four joints. After doing that though, I had the notion to put two more splines at opposite corners, running across the corners of the glass. I didn’t know how it would turn out, but I knew it would either look real nice, or it would make for some real fancy firewood.
I am happy with the way it turned out.
The dark frame is sapelle. The contrasting splines are box elder.

I want to especially thank a good friend, Marty, who sent me the box elder for a different project that never actually got off the ground. Thank you Marty. I never started the train because of an equipment failure that I haven’t been able to finance a repair for. As you can see though, a small section of one of the boards went to a real good cause.

It is all finished with two coats of Minwax Gloss Polyurethane, and then two coats of Johnson’s Paste Wax.


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#1 posted 12-27-2012 01:23 AM

Cool idea William.
The extra splines like that make it pop.
Kids are sure good at communicating aren’t they?

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#2 posted 12-27-2012 01:27 AM

nice twist to a frame

makes it personal

well you heard it on the grapevine
which works
when talking doesn’t

the best to them both

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 12-27-2012 01:31 AM

Another job well done William. The splines look great, but what about the leg that came out of that garter???

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#4 posted 12-27-2012 01:32 AM

Thank you Bags and David.
Actually Bags, my kids communicate about as well as that chair sitting at the other end of the table.
David, I didn’t tell him I was told what he had said. It made me proud though that he said I do nice work. I don’t get many compliments from my loved ones. With the exception of my wife (who compliments me constantly) I think my loved ones just assume that I can read their minds sometimes.

I forgot to say in the original post, my wife has already put in requests for ten frames just like this one for family portraits.


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#5 posted 12-27-2012 01:33 AM

I like it! I think the Sapelle is a really good choice, and the contrasting splines give it a simple elegance. Whether you might have seen it before, I wouldn’t know (obviously), but I’ve never seen anything quite like it… very unique design. You’re son has a really great dad!

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#6 posted 12-27-2012 01:33 AM

A very cool job,looks great.

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#7 posted 12-27-2012 01:35 AM

Thank you Marty.
Let’s just say that is a healthy girl and leave it at that. That leg is my son’s business.
By the way, by healthy, let me explain. Look how big that garter is in relation to the license. That is an extra large size.


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#8 posted 12-27-2012 01:35 AM

Thank you Ted and Jim.


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#9 posted 12-27-2012 01:36 AM

You’e outdone yourself again!!!

The unique spline detail really makes this a one of a kind piece. This will surely be admired and “ohh’d & ahh’d” at for years to come. It is simply beautiful. Well done!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 12-27-2012 01:39 AM

Thank you Randy.
As for the “years to come” part. That is another advantage I see to splines like this. I think you could probably drop this frame from a pretty fair height without it coming apart. Those splines make it about the sturdiest frame I think I’ve ever built. I might have to build an ugly one sometimes just to test it’s strength from falls.


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#11 posted 12-27-2012 01:49 AM

Very cool…..the splines are really unique…...nicely done…

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 12-27-2012 02:07 AM

Thank you Jeff.
I’m think it looks very unique. For some reason though, I get the feeling I seen it somewhere. I just can’t remember where. If anyone has seen this style frame before, please let me know so I can go see if I’d seen the same ones. I’d like to give credit where it’s due if I could.


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#13 posted 12-27-2012 02:09 AM

Nice, I had to do a triple take on the splines. Pretty damn cool.

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#15 posted 12-27-2012 02:25 AM

Love that frame! Those splines are extra cool and unique. I may pirate this idea. By “healthy” do you mean warm in the winter and shade in the summer healthy?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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