Frame complements my friend's beautiful painting!

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Project by Hawgnutz posted 04-04-2007 05:22 AM 2198 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a frame I made for my friend’s 9X12 oil painting on canvas mounted on 3/4 inch frame. there are some paintings where my frames just complete and complement the oil painting. Western scenes and old building just seem to work best with a rugged barnwood frame. I use real barnwood, too. Not that distressed frame material.

Some people asked how I joined my corners. I forgot that I sometimes use V-nails, too, instead of brads or staples. V-nails work better in frames that are not thick enough to handle a pneumatic staple or brad. There is no set way to work with barnwood; each piece dictates how it will be joined.

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#1 posted 04-04-2007 05:37 AM

Another frame that perfectly compliments a terrific piece of art Hawg. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#2 posted 04-04-2007 05:41 AM

I have several old barns in the area that I really need to find the owners. I sure would like to get some of the old farm beams! Nice job on the frame it does complement the painting.
Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 04-04-2007 12:13 PM

Hi Hawgnutz;
I like this use of old barnwood and great frames of ‘wood art’ they are!

Do you finish the barnwood with a finish and if so, what are you using?

-- --frank, NH,

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#4 posted 04-04-2007 12:51 PM

simply, artistically, rustically BEAUTIFUL.

I’ll have to do a search on “V-Nails”.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 04-04-2007 02:26 PM

For a minute there I thought that was your shop in the second photo. And I thought mine was messy! ;-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 04-04-2007 05:27 PM

Thanks for all the comments. The second picture was my favorite source of wood from this turn-of-the-century house. That is me in third pic, at my old shop in Bisbee. Thank God for sunny weather here, cause I have to do much of my work outside.
I will post pics of my old “shop” and my new one, soon. They are a mess with so much crammed in smal, unorganized (right now) space.

I am gonna fix the top of that box I broke the other day when I brought it home to take a picture of it… Boo Hoo….......LOL

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#7 posted 04-04-2007 08:52 PM

Putting any finish on these barnwood pieces can be tricky. The wood grain flakes away if oyu rub it, so I used a spray can of Varathane, first, although you could also use spray shellac.

I was going to experiment with spraying first and second coat, then applying several coats ofPolyurethane to seal wood totally. Some people get turned off by rough wood and prefer it to be smooth. What do you all think of that finish idea?

As far as shops go, wait ‘till I post my old shop in Bisbee. It doubled as storage area and leather tooling workshop, with added leakage when it rained. Made for an interesting storage place for my power tools, with a small assembly table.

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#8 posted 04-04-2007 10:33 PM

I personally like the “natural” wood but then dusting is a pain.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 04-04-2007 11:32 PM

Nice frame. And if some people don’t like rough barn board then sell Big Box frame material. But I wouldn’t sand barn boards

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 04-05-2007 04:20 AM

Nice use of old wood.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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