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These are a couple more frames made from the walnut given to me by a friend (only small amount left, was from a tree on his family farm). I decided to make these to sit on a desk as they are rather small in size to hang on the wall. I like the dark one for the grain pattern. And I like the one with the sunflower picture for the sapwood that creates an interesting light colored accent around the outside. Use some scrap walnut cut on an angle to create a little brace/foot. Looking forward to giving these as gifts. Finished with General Finishes High Performance.

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Good work on the miters. I like the cleaver way you used the walnut for the stands.
Is that black walnut? What part of the country is it from.
 

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The walnut is from SW Missouri. My friend had a number of boards that I've made a bookshelf, quilt holder, and few items for him, plus a number of frames (as he gave me the wood left over after the bookshelf was done). The wood has so much character. I like to try use the sapwood as part of the design.
Good work on the miters. I like the cleaver way you used the walnut for the stands.
Is that black walnut? What part of the country is it from.

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Nice frames , Barbara. I wished you lived closer as i have a lot of pieces of walnut that I'm taking to guild raffle next spring. You could have them. There are many different woods also that are going. I have to clean out my wood room and I hate to throw any good pretty wood away.

Cheers, Jim
 

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Wouldn't that be so nice! If I get back up to Michigan before spring I'll have to message you! :) I'm sure someone will enjoy using the extras - I think it's fun to just lay out unique pieces and picture what projects could highlight the grain, etc.

Nice frames , Barbara. I wished you lived closer as i have a lot of pieces of walnut that I m taking to guild raffle next spring. You could have them. There are many different woods also that are going. I have to clean out my wood room and I hate to throw any good pretty wood away.

Cheers, Jim

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Funny…working on a maple frame…cannot get the miters. Checked my blade for 90 and the miter guage for the 45. Seems like the cut isn't straight? Finally gave up. Will try to post a question to the forum aftet I get some pictures. Keep trimming…gonna end up with a really small frame if this trend continues :(
 

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Fantastic use of the sapwood! I was thinking you had trimmed it with maple 8^)

For the best miters, after setting the lengths and angles, I like to cut them long and then reset the stop block (used to control the length, referenced from the center of the bevel, not the tip) retrim the 45s so the cut is just a shaving (1/16" at most).



Blades will deflect when cutting bevels into wood since the first blade contact is on one side of the blade only. This small deflection is enough to cause issues.
 

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I was really happy with how the sapwood played out. The contrast is pretty to my eye (know there are many who avoid the sapwood).

Thanks for that suggestion on the point if reference . I had tried to address that after I was having issues but may have not been diligent enough. Will definitely include this in my approach in the future.

Fantastic use of the sapwood! I was thinking you had trimmed it with maple 8^)

For the best miters, after setting the lengths and angles, I like to cut them long and then reset the stop block (used to control the length, referenced from the center of the bevel, not the tip) retrim the 45s so the cut is just a shaving (1/16" at most).



Blades will deflect when cutting bevels into wood since the first blade contact is on one side of the blade only. This small deflection is enough to cause issues.

- splintergroup
 

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