Reclaimed timber picture frames

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Project by jakub76 posted 03-05-2013 02:29 PM 1987 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some picture frames made from reclaimed and scrap stock. I wanted to make 2 frames to house my son’s self portrait lino prints. So I got to work on some smaller frames from cut-offs – all keyed mitres. The darker wood came up beautifully after a ‘mahogony’ stain and some Linseed Oil. Not sure on the species but I suspect it’s some kind of Gum/Eucalypt.

The larger frames were made from Meranti (pacific maple) and I got lucky with a back/quarter-cut revealing some nice figure on the face. Dyed with ‘maple’ dye and finished with 2 coats of Tung Oil. The profile and rear dado are made with a single rabbeting router bit.

I made a ‘rough’ finish frame from the face of some very old Oregon/Douglas Fir. Still trying to decide if I should add a finish, maybe some oil…I quite like the hundred year patina ‘as-is’.

You can see I got some help finishing the two small, square frames. I love including my daughter into my projects and she really enjoys it too.

Thanks for looking – any advice welcome.

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#1 posted 03-05-2013 03:35 PM

Cool bunch of projects.


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#2 posted 03-06-2013 12:11 PM

Great work! I really like the look of that “rough” finish.

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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#3 posted 03-06-2013 01:10 PM

Well done!! I am thinking of doing the same.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 03-07-2013 05:25 PM

Like the variety of beautiful frames you make. Like the rustic and worn out look.

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