Walnut picture frames with Maple inlay / splines

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Project by exterminate posted 06-10-2013 04:13 PM 2278 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found out my father was dianosed with ALS late last year. He lives up in Maryland and we are down here in Florida. We are not able to get up there very often, (maybe twice a year), and he is no longer able to come down here anymore because of the disease. He is always asking for pictures of his grandkids, so I decided to make him a picture frame for Fathers Day.

I’ve always tried to stay away from mitred corners, because I could never get them to fit right, but because of the circumstances, I wanted it to be as nice a frame as I could make it. After reading, and watching a bunch of videos, I was finally confident enough that I could at least set up my tools well enough to get better cuts. I bought a digital sliding T bevel so that I could set the angle correctly on my mitre gauge, and make sure my blade was square to the table. That got the mitres, while maybe not perfect, the closest I’ve ever been to it, which made me extremely happy. The second tool I bought was a self squaring picture frame clamp, which really worked well keeping everything aligned at glue up.

The maple stripe is a .25x.25 inlay, and the spline was cut from the same material. The finish was 5 coats of gloss spray can lacquer, wet sanding to 600 before the final coat. Then it was rubbed down with 0000 steel wood and carnuba wax. I really like the finish this creates, and its really easy to do.

The first one came out so well, that I decided to do a second one for my Mother for her Birthday.

On a side note – We couldn’t find precut mats by themselves, and I didn’t want to try and make my own. We ended up finding a couple of frames at a discount store called Ross for under $10.00 each. We bought those, and just used the glass, matt and backing. I’m not sure what the cost of the matt / glass and backing would have been otherwise, but I thought it was a pretty good deal, and it made that aspect of the project very easy indeed.

I will be going up to visit in a few weeks, and will be presenting it to my father then.

Have a good one, and thanks for looking. Constructive criticism is welcomed.

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#1 posted 06-10-2013 05:08 PM

i think its very beautful im sure he will love it

-- greg indiana

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#2 posted 06-10-2013 05:56 PM

A fine looking frame and the miters look perfect to me. I know you dad will love having the photos, especially when they are so nicely framed.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 06-10-2013 06:23 PM

I can’t think of a better Father’s Day gift. Pictures of my Grandchildren in a frame made by my Son – He should be very happy! You did a great job on the miters – they look great. I will say some prayers for your Dad.

You have a great looking family.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 06-10-2013 08:58 PM

Thank you all for your kind words and prayers for my Dad. They are all very much appreciated!

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#5 posted 06-11-2013 03:41 AM

Great looking frame. Great looking family. I think your Father will cherish it.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#6 posted 12-24-2017 01:38 PM

This frame is very nice looking. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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