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This is my 1st venture back into woodworking after being away for about 25 years. The design is from a Stickley mirror that's something like 36×18. Mine is about 16×29, so I adjusted the proportions a bit untill I thought they looked about right. I did 2 of these. The second is identical, but about 6" wider.

Just getting my shop going, so I'll put up some reviews on my new tools soon. Don't have the tools yet for the M&T, so I faked them (blasphemy!!) so that they'd match future similar frames. I figure I'm in about $850 each for my 2 frames, so I promised my wife that the next 2 would only cost half as much.

I used Jeff Jewitt's recipe for a Stickley centennial finish. I couldn't find the Bartley dark brown mahogany gel stain, so I sub'd the General Finishes antique walnut gel stain. I think it turned out great (though I don't have any Stickley pieces with that finish for direct comparison), and I'll need that stain anyhow to do the Stickley Fayetteville finish on my next projects.

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Thanks for posting. Your timing could not be any better. The frame looks great and would look even better in our kitchen.
 

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Welcome to LJ's.
 

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I would have cheated too. Biscuits or dowels work great.
Is 850.00 each a typo? That must include the print, which is really nice by the way.

Love the dark color and pegs.
Beautiful frames.
 

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reedwood - The $850 each is no typo, but it is tongue in cheek. At the time I completed these 2 frames, I had put about $1700 into my shop (new table saw, router table, built a work bench, plus lots of smaller items). Check out the next 4 frames I just completed. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/45929 I've got about $100 each into these, but have a very nice Bosch router and Rockler bench vise now to show for it. I'm now in the midst of yet another frame. This one for a larger hall mirror. This one won't be so cheap, as it's using real M&T joinery. I picked up a jet mortiser and tenoning jig on craigslist for $225 plus some more clamps for another $100 (& I know I'll NEED some other stuff before I complete it), so I'll be in this one pretty deep. As you can see, I'm certainly not getting back into this to make money.
 

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Great frame! I like this one very much.
Nice color too.
 

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How did you like working with the G.F. gel stains? Was it hard to remove the excess stain?
 

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You know, I really hate the way the stuff works. It seems you still have time to work it, and then it's dry. I always keep a paper towel with mineral spirits handy. That works well on recently dried (10 minutes maybe) spots that I've missed. I always use a stiff brush to work it into pores, and I seem to frequently find a tell-tale spray pattern the following day that I missed. That said, I've worked with a couple other gel stains (can't remember their names), and they behave about the same.
 
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