Apartment Projects #22: The "Greatest" Picture Frame

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 07-20-2014 12:47 AM 1589 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Debbie and I love to rummage around at the backs of Department Stores (where they keep all the kitschy stuff) and search for Prints and Pictures to decorate our walls…
We’re particularly fond of Photos, or artful representations, of the Icons of our generation… For example, we found this one waiting for us at a Target Store in Manchester…

There are few alive who don’t recognize those four young men!

Another that came home with us a little later was a Young Man who I am convinced was a Saint… A Man of Peace and Love…

Unfortunately that message frightened someone for he met a very violent end… Silenced forever, except through his Music…

And then came Marilyn…

Marilyn Monroe was Glamorous, and looked it, but this photograph caught my eye because it is the least Glamorous shot I had ever seen of her… There is also this, her smile in this one does not look like it was for the camera… It looks like, for one brief moment, Marilyn was Happy…

Anyway, I only bring these up because another of those pictures followed us Home last year, but it was frame-less; essentially, a poster glued to cardboard… I resolved to frame it as soon as possible, but you know how it goes… Time passes, with other concerns and cares, and resolutions thin and dilute…

A couple weeks ago the Landlord was fixing a section of fence that had blown down last Winter, and I finally saw my chance… I asked for (and took) a few of the slats from the old fencing…

This morning a quick and simple Rustic Frame was made by first sawing the slats in half…

Then a shallow Rebate was cut with the Router to accept the cardboard-thick poster…

When I’m not dreaming about them, I sometimes use my Miter Saw… :)

Nothing fancy here, next I cut some quick triangles to hold the corners together…

Held them all together, drilled the four holes, countersunk them, and put them in place…

And there you have it, a very quick and simple frame for our latest acquisition…

What’s that? Oh, Who’s the picture of?
I thought I told you in the Title! It’s a picture of the one, the only, Mr. “I AM THE GREATEST” himself, Muhammad Ali… Who else would it be?! :)

19 July 2014

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 07-20-2014 01:19 AM

you know what he is saying don’t you…come on get up…i’m like a bumble bee…oh but my sting…...very cool mike, your always make me smile by the way to find solutions to things, very cool work…love that miter saw, ive got a saw that size but i dont have the rest…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 07-20-2014 01:21 AM

Great pix, Mike!

Nice upgrade on the frames, too!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 07-20-2014 01:27 AM

Great collection of vintage pics! That frame does not look at all like the ‘before’ pics of the fence!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 07-20-2014 01:57 AM

A picture frame from some weathered fence pickets! Mike, you have to be the most resourceful woodworker imaginable.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#5 posted 07-20-2014 02:03 AM

You’ve done the old fence proud. Excellent re-use and wonderful, iconic imagery. Well done.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#6 posted 07-20-2014 02:52 AM

Grizz: If I remember correctly, Ali was telling Liston to “Stay Down! Or I’m gonna Whop you Again!!” :)
Lew: I only made this one, the rest came framed already, but Thanks!
gfadvm: It’s not quite finished yet Andy (I didn’t even pull off the protective plastic around the picture yet)
It needs a little more sanding, plus the cut “New” edges on the outside don’t match the weathered surfaces on the facing… My thought is to paint the edges flat black, so they don’t stand out as much…
Lenny: It was just what I was looking for, already had the right profile for a Frame! :)
Buckethead: After it was made, I was surprised at how rigid and strong the thing is… and lightweight too, which I like!

Thank You all, for your kind words, and for taking the time!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 07-20-2014 03:55 AM

Nice collection Mike. Those boards have better duty fencing in the picture rather than the yard ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 07-20-2014 08:26 AM

You did a a great job on the farm Mike and I like your iconic photos too. Those people are more real to me at my age than today’s famous people who I don’t even recognize.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 07-20-2014 11:23 AM

I loved this post, Mike. Thanks for sharing it with us.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#10 posted 07-20-2014 11:33 AM

Nice photos and nice frames. I particularly like Marilyn’s.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 07-20-2014 11:34 AM

A super collection Mike.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 07-20-2014 12:04 PM

Great memories Mike, as I listen to Bob while reading
My smile is wide
That a great solution for corners


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#13 posted 07-20-2014 12:26 PM

I like the way the frames turned out. And the miter saw is great. I have a similar one. Very accurate.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 07-20-2014 12:40 PM

Thanks again my Friends…

Those people are more real to me at my age than today s famous people who I don t even recognize.

- stefang

Mike, it’s no wonder… Those people were more real than today’s self-absorbed Bunch!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#15 posted 07-20-2014 01:32 PM

Beatles and Marley…..NICE !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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