Craftsman style frame that holds ceramic tile

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Project by ken_c posted 02-22-2013 06:31 PM 2917 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back my mother-in-law presented me with these tiles she purchased on a trip to Italy; she asked if I would make a frame for them, just something simple she said.

Well, I didn’t for quite some time.

Being a big fan of the craftsman style and wanting to try my hand at it I came up with this design – at least I think it is my design – it incorporates a cloud lift element from Green and Green – multiple radii, mortise and tenon joinery and half laps, I skipped the pegs on the mortise and tenons. The tiles are held in place with silicon adhesive – I think this is way more complex than she imagined but she likes it just the same. It is made of some nicely figured cherry and finished with a couple of coats of tung oils followed by a coat of blonde shellac followed by some semi-gloss wipe on poly.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 02-22-2013 06:49 PM

Looks great!

We brought back similar tiles for our house number. They have been waiting for me to frame them, my plan looks about the same as yours (probably a simpler frame!). Your post might just be the fire to get me going!


-- Jason

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 03:31 PM

No tiles here, but I’ve been wanting to build a frame similar to this for some time. Really nice job you did here!

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 03:24 PM

Fantastic looking frame! Like the design, wood and the build. Great way to display the beautiful tiles.

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