Walnut Picture Frames

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Project by jayman7 posted 02-27-2013 02:03 PM 3483 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished a couple picture frames for myself last weekend. I’ve made plenty before, but all for other people. There was sapwood in some of the wood but I kinda liked how it looked so I left it in. I finished it with satin poly. In hindsight, I should’ve used an oil/varnish blend for a closer to the wood look. It’s hard to tell in the pics, the simple miters are reinforced with walnut splines.

I cut the mat out as well. In the past I bought precut mats, but found out it’s much cheaper to buy a big sheet and cut it out to any size I want. I’m also trying to get into amateur photography so I used a couple of my favorite shots to put into the frames. I used shutterfly to print the pictures and I was really impressed by the quality of the 11×14” prints.

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#1 posted 02-27-2013 02:08 PM

Very nice work, the grain looks great. What was the finish?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 02-27-2013 02:31 PM

I usually try to avoid walnut sap wood in projects, but you’re right, that actually adds a nice accent to the frames. Too much sap wood detracts from the work but I think you have the right amount in there.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#3 posted 02-27-2013 02:53 PM

Lovely frames. Nicely displayed too.

-- cnarf, Ireland

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#4 posted 02-27-2013 03:04 PM

How did you join the edges of the frames (lap joints, splines, etc…)

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#5 posted 02-27-2013 03:35 PM

Very nice frames…. I love the photos…. I completely agree the sapwood is a plus in these frames…. Thank you so much for sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#6 posted 02-27-2013 04:01 PM


Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#7 posted 02-28-2013 06:08 AM

I think the fluidity of the sapwood grain compliments the major element in the picture without distracting from the entire subject. Superb framing I’d say.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#8 posted 02-28-2013 05:09 PM

Wonderful frames! Made the photos more beautiful.

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