Simple Arts & Crafts style frame

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Project by 72hw posted 01-15-2014 05:36 AM 1314 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been a while since I posted anything, but I have not been lax in shop time. A few months ago She Who Must Be Obeyed spotted a table leaf discarded after a yard sale in our area. Turns out it is a nice chunk of white oak, so we grabbed it and it sat around for a while until I figured out the wood might make a great looking frame for a posted printed by my unusually talented younger brother.

Well, yes, I have not posted a picture of the poster in the frame… yet…. I still need to get glass and a mat cut for it to be complete, but I found myself with some rare screen time this evening so I thought I would post the project all the same.

I started by ripping the leaf into what I considered adequate sizes, but I would never claim they are period accurate! After I figured out I could use my table saw as a mill of sorts, I decided on lap joints to make the basic frame – basically tried to cheat my way out of learning to create through tenons and pegs. What you see in the ‘final’ picture that appear to be pegs are simply squared plugs I got at Rockler, but I think it looks OK.

I did enjoy squaring up the routed corners where the glass will sit with a chisel however, and I fully intend to revisit the project to “do it right” with traditional methods… Right after I build a tapering jig for the table saw to make the vertical parts of the frame appear more authentic!

Anyhow, I will post a pic of the truly completed project once the glass and mat are cut and the poster installed. I really like the juxtaposition of classic wood against the shocking violence of the poster, and I decided to not refinish the wood in hopes of retaining the world weary look of the original table leaf.

Not professional, but IMHO, not bad either!

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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#1 posted 01-15-2014 04:47 PM

Nice, simple design and construct.

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#2 posted 01-20-2014 03:46 PM

Great looking frame, has a very nice vintage look that will suit the cool poster. Great job!

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