Greene and Greene Style Tile Frame in Quartersawn Sycamore

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Project by Vincent Nocito posted 01-10-2014 03:42 PM 2810 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We purchased a pair of tiles made by artist John Beasley of Medicine Bluff Studios at Nest & Company in New Jersey. The tiles (measuring 4”w x 8” h) are titled “Mother to Be” and “Leaving the Nest”. The frame is Greene and Greene style made from quartersawn sycamore with ebony accents. The rails are cut using the bandsaw and they are then shaped, sanded and profiled to create the souba shape . The frame measures 16” w x 15” h. The rails are 3/4” and the stiles are 5/8” creating a nice shadow line. For this project I used loose tenon joinery with qs sycamore splines. I used a simple mortising jig similar to the one described in Woodsmith #210, page 14. The frame is finished with three coats of satin Arm-R-Seal and topcoated with clear Briwax.

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#1 posted 01-10-2014 03:53 PM

Excellent work,very cool.


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#2 posted 01-10-2014 03:53 PM

Nice work and construction.

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

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#3 posted 01-10-2014 03:59 PM

Very attractive, and the QS sycamore looks good.

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#4 posted 01-11-2014 12:39 AM

A beautiful frame and a charming topic. I really appreciate your choice of grain. Thanks for sharing.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#5 posted 01-11-2014 12:52 AM

Vincent, this is very nice looking. At first glance I thought you had used lacewood. The color of the tiles matches the wall color very well; ya done gud! I am curious how you secured the tiles in the frame. We have a local distributer for Medicine Bluff Studios, so I will look at their offerings. Thanks for sharing.

-- Art

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#6 posted 01-11-2014 01:30 AM

Great looking G&G frame! It’s perfectly suited to displaying your tiles!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 01-11-2014 01:48 AM

The tiles were purchased from Nest and Company in Montclair, New Jersey. Nest is a store that specializes in furnishings in the Art & Craft style. They carry a variety of tile, carpets, furniture, fabric, metalware and pottery from various A&C artists. I noticed that Medicine Bluff Studios also has a store on Etsy where you can obtain their tiles.

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#8 posted 01-11-2014 01:52 PM


You really stepped it up with this frame. It is proportioned well and the tiles and frame go together well. The QS Sycamore is fantastic. This a wood that I have been wanting to work with for a while now.

Great job.

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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