|Project by sean335||posted 06-17-2014 04:27 PM||1473 views||7 times favorited||5 comments|
Here is a small John Hall style picture frame I made for my dad for Father’s Day. I followed the templates provided by Marc Spagnuolo at http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/articles/john-hall-frame/ and modified it slightly to fit an 8×12 photo. It was the first time I did any sort of mortising/half-laps, so the curves were definitely a challenge for me, especially since I made the frame 50% of the original size, so everything was an especially tight curve.
I started with some templates cut out of 1/4” plywood on the bandsaw, then rough cut my walnut pieces to the profile of the templates before finishing up with a template bit on the router. I don’t have a planer, so I had to use my table saw to cut the pieces to thickness (1/2” for the bottom, 5/8” for the sides, and 3/4” for the top). Fortunately the frame is small, so the pieces were easy to handle on the saw.
I shaped the puzzle pieces roughly on the bandsaw then sanded them smooth as best as I could by wrapping sandpaper around a small bolt that would fit between the curves. I then traced the shape onto the bottom rail and routed it as best as I could and finished it up with a lot of chisel work. I really should have done a better job with the router, as it took a ton of chiseling and didn’t look all that great. To top of the stiles was square, so that was a much easier job to shape on the back of the top rail.
I had to forego the ebony plugs that are on the original frame due to a lack of time, but due the small size of this frame, I think it looks okay even without them. All I had on hand was salad bowl finish, so that’s what I used to finish the frame. Then I just had a small piece of glass cut to fit, put some small brass hangers on home depot and printed out one of my pictures from a vacation to Japan and I was all set.