Greene and Greene Picture Frames #1: Design and building of the frames

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Blog entry by konkers posted 12-21-2010 12:57 AM 3230 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I making some picture frames for the family this holiday season. The design draws heavily from Darrell Peart’s Seattle Frame. I did a quick mock up in CAD to play with the proportions. If anyone’s interested, I could upload some dimensioned drawings.

After several prototypes to get the joinery right, it was time top cut some mahogany. I got a piece with nice straight grain:

Pieces laid out:

Stock all milled with square holes made next to the prototype:

All 40 mortises cut:

Fast forward to the frames all glued up, square pegs in, and drinking in their first coat of varnish:

Racing against santa to get all the coats of varnish on and for the glass and mattes to be cut.

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#1 posted 12-21-2010 01:53 AM

Great looking picture frames, the design is well done. I am sure the Family will enjoy the frames it looks like a lot of hard work went into them. Santa has it easy compared the the rest of us trying to finish projects prior to his arrival.

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#2 posted 12-21-2010 02:48 AM

Looks like router cut mortises- what did you use for a jig?

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#3 posted 12-21-2010 05:07 AM

@jimhamilton: I built the David Lehman jig from Fine Woodworking but found that the screws developed play very quickly with the birch ply I was using. I ended up ditching the “self centering” feature and marking a center line on the top of the jig to line up with the center line of the mortise. It worked pretty well though I had to tune a few of the mortises with a chisel. I’ll definitely make a new jig for the next project.

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#4 posted 12-21-2010 06:36 AM

Thats a nice looking picture frame.

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