|Project by Coils||posted 08-26-2014 11:04 AM||807 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
My Mother gave me this signed print by an artist called Charles Johnson Payne , aka Snaffles. It was in a thin insignificant frame. Fellow LJ Devin posted a frame which I thought would be an improvement and simple enough to make. I used Himalayan Cherry, which I got from a friend. I found it quite brittle and it had quite a few cracks. Fortunately these natural flaws somehow reduce the impact of my workmanship. Overall I’m pleased, – despite the fact that I think the curve is too pronounced, the plugs are not neat enough, and I had to replace one of the sides (too many cracks). You can see the difference if you look closely – Oh and don’t look at the back!!
The main thing I am pleased about is that I had to hand plane all the surfaces, and managed to get them flat and the same size. Something which I have never been able to do with any degree of accuracy.
The frame is finished with a wipe on polish, and then a last coat of homemade polish (beeswax and Olive Oil).
I’ve said it before and will say it again – this site is fantastic for guys like me with little imagination and skills. I am learning a huge amount and am thoroughly enjoying my time here. Thanks to all those guys who post such amazing work.
-- Forest Grump