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We visited the Gamble House in Pasadena. As a woodworker, I was so moved by the craftsmanship that when my girlfriend showed me the Motawi tiles she really liked, I told her I would make a commemorative frame for them in the Greene and Greene style. It was extremely difficult for such a small project. It has splines and square plugs, with a scarf joint. I didn't bother with any cloud lifts and it made the design too busy. It's made from quartersawn white oak, and finished with Classic Oak and Sedona Red. The splines and plugs were finished with Dark Walnut. The funny thing is that my girlfriend's Dad gave her a completely different Motawi tile framed for her birthday right after this, unbeknownst to us.

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Nice looking work! At first glance, I thought it was one of Dan's.
 

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Exquisite looking piece! You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom
 

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Great job!

Thanks for the post

Callum
 

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That a beautiful piece. I really like the color. Can you tell more details about the finish schedule?
 

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The frame looks perfect, really accents the tile nicely.

Thanks for posting
 

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Darn you.

Here's another great idea that I'll have to try when I get time.

I've got some reclaimed Rookwood tiles from a fireplace I salvaged.

Great looking project!
 

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It's beautiful similar to Charles Rennie Macintosh who came from my city of Glasgow Scotland he designed the top flower it's called around here anyway the Glasgow rose.frame is as good as it gets inserts too really stunning well done to both of you .Alistair
 

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The finish is all Minwax. First, one coat of Classic Oak, then a coat or two of Sedona Red applied with 000 steel wool. I tried to match the Greene & Greene color from memory. I even had to sand it back down to nothing to start over because it got too dark. The pegs and splines were all Dark Walnut, totally saturated to get as close to ebony as possible. After the staining, I glued the pegs/splines and put five coats of hand rubbed polyurethane over the whole thing. There was a lot of weeping at the pegs, which required constant dabbing for hours. This recipe was given to me by the buddy who commissioned the vanity base. I never would've found this on my own, but it's pretty sweet if you don't want a dark brownish red. It really showcases the white oak. I'll use it again, possibly on a side table to go between two Morris bow arm chairs, if I can get the better half to approve the trip to the lumber yard.
 

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P.S. Yes, I'm doing a lot of Mackintosh stuff as accent pieces to my work (i.e. pillows with roses in the corners, stained glass, etc.). Greene and Greene is awesome, especially as an accent piece. Their stuff can get a little overwhelming for me in large doses. I was thinking of a G&G table between the Morris bow arm chairs just to mix things up a bit.
 

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Great job! The frame design and finish compliment the tiles perfectly.
 

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Gorgeous frame. Thanks for sharing.
 

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I really like that modified scarf joint on the bottom rail. Elegant celebration of a classic joint.
 

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Thanks! I actually cut the bottom rail in half length-wise, cut the angle across one half, dadoed out the notch while the parts were ganged, glued the two parts together to form each half, eased the edges with a file and sandpaper, then glued the two halves together and had a perfect yet invisible scarf joint. The key to tight fitting plugs is to pillow the top, then taper the sides so it wedges itself in. Prestain if you're doing a contrasting tone.
 

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looks good … the bottom rail looks great with the greene and greene joint. Pinned miters are cool too,
 

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That does look challenging, but you did a great job.
 

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This piece made me smile. It's small but so intricate. The frame you built is as much a work of art as the tiles themselves. Another great piece. Keep up the good work! -Mark
 
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