|Project by ncc123||posted 09-28-2014 11:02 PM||2533 views||14 times favorited||3 comments|
My wife and I found this great nouveau print while on vacation last year. We are both big fans of nouveau art and advertising and the colors in this print are perfect for our living room. I could’ve gone with a very simple mitered frame but I love the Arts & Crafts style. Plus, I wanted to practice my mortise and tenon joinery on a smaller project before moving on to furniture pieces and this was a great chance to play with my new hollow chisel mortiser.
I also cut my own matting for my photography projects and thought I’d try something a little more intricate for this print. I think it turned out great.
The frame is made from quarter sawn white oak and the tenons are pinned with walnut dowels. I though of making my own square dowels but found them to be very affordable at my local Woodcraft.
I wanted to stick with a more traditional craftsman finish but am not set up for ammonia fuming. So with a little research, I found a very nice method for achieving the same results with dye and stain. Below is a link to an article by Jeff Jewitt I found through Homestead Finishing. I have used this method on several projects now and love it for ease and quality. If it is good enough for Stickley, it’s good enough for me!
For my project, after sanding, I chose to start with Transtint Honey Amber.
I followed that with a coat of General Finishes Seal-a-Cell.
Next came my stain coat. I chose General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain for a richer, little darker look.
Several coats of Arm-R-Seal later and it’s done. I love this finishing method and will likely stick with it for all of my future Arts & Crafts pieces. I think it really brings out the ray flakes in quarter sawn wood. Thanks for checking it out!