|Project by MarkTheFiddler||posted 08-31-2014 10:11 PM||489 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
I wasn’t going to post these basic frames. They’re made of wood so why not.
The kids and I were doing the Disney World thing in Orlando and one of those smooth talking ‘Cast Members’ got Victoria to take a picture an overlay picture. I thought it really looked cool so I said how much? I don’t exactly remember the price but it was a little high. Then she said – you can get the second one free!
I said “Step right up Mark!” Then the “Free” picture put the “little high price” into “what the heck just happened?!
“Oh – you have to buy the frame to get the second one free. The frames are $15 each.” The frame as she put it was a folded over plexi-glass sandwich.
“I see” said the man was feeling a like an idiot as I fell into the tourist trap swindle. “Do I need to buy 2 frames?”
“You want matching frames don’t you?”
“Yes – but I’ll make them myself. I’ll just take the one.” Her face actually dropped as she lost credit for a nice up-sale.
A little later, Victoria was getting into the role of the Star Wars royalty.
Since those 2 pieces of paper were so danged expensive, I wanted to frame them on the cheap. I had a couple of rough cut maple shorts that I Cleaned up and turned into frames. One of them had some nice curl in it.
I wanted to dye them to match the theme but the good stuff costs a fortune. I made my own out of food color. My daughters frame looks just right with 3 to 1 yellow/red. The green one is just entirely forgettable. It would probably look much better if the wood had some curl.
I put 3 coats of glossy de-waxed shellac finish on them. Poly would have been just fine.
I was going to buy some thin plywood for the back side of the picture but I found some 3/16 hardboard used for packing and thrown onto the loading dock at work. I have enough for another 10 pictures. ;)
The glass – yeah the glass. It’s that folded over hunk of plexi-glass they charged me $15 for. I put a cheap blade on the TS and cut the bend off the plexi-glass frame. That gave me 2 ‘glass’ fronts. The blade is fine but I wouldn’t do much of that. I was worried about the plexi-glass slagging and coating the blade.
Anyhow thanks for taking a peek and tolerating my little story telling. Have a great labor day weekend!
Disclaimer – All cuts done on table saw…...
-- Thanks for all the lessons!