Cherry frame for hand made tiles

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Project by Huds posted 01-02-2014 05:37 PM 2055 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not the greatest photo, dang cell phone camera. Will have to post up better ones. The tiles are from Horton Tiles in MI. The frame is all cherry, rabbetted to receive the tiles. The front is beveled, I did this on the bandsaw. Miters were done with a miter sled on the table saw. Finish is shelac under General Finishes Satin waterbased. I was going to do oil but decided I wanted a more durable finish as this piece may see some direct sun.

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 07:17 PM

A nice way to display the tile. I think the beveled front helps bring the eye to the main subject matter. Did you use mortise and tenon joints for the vertical stiles?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 08:16 PM

Nice frame. Love the cherry.

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 08:28 PM

Hi and thanks for the comments.

I did not do a mortise and tenon for the vertical elements. It was hard to photograph after the fact – I finished it in kind of a hurry for my wife’s birthday and didn’t get photos before placing the tiles. Basically there is a rabbet around the inside creating a ledge for the tiles and a thin lip as seen from the front. The vertical pieces, if you can image seeing them from end-on, have a “T” shape. At the top and bottom I carefully removed the top of the “T”, so to speak, and then just glued them to the ledge formed by the rabbet. I think you can kind of see what I mean from the one photo. The retainers were actually hooks, I just cut the hook off to make them flat. The spacer tabs at the bottom are from yellowheart scrap I had, just glued on to the cherry.

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#4 posted 01-02-2014 11:12 PM

Very attractive frame—really shows off the tiles and retains its own beauty at the same time. Nicely done.

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 10:05 AM

Huds, thanks for the added info. now I understand the construction.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 01-10-2014 06:06 AM

That is stunning. I used to run a custom picture framing shop, and that design is perfect. Great job, I bet your wife loves it.

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