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Project by Max posted 09-29-2014 08:20 PM 1875 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a custom frame that I just competed and delivered to a customer. The customer provided the 4 tiles. She had the tiles installed in their shower but did not like them so had them removed and then wanted them framed. Each one of the tiles is a little different in size and thickness which made it difficult to frame. I was able to line up the trunks of the trees so you would be able to see the flow of the trees…. The wood is 7/8” Quarter Sawn White Oak, mortise and tennon construction with walnut pegged corners, with my special dye and stain, which is a three day process… The frame size is 10” x 27 1/2”. The pictures are not the best…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#1 posted 09-29-2014 08:31 PM

Max, seriously, you do the nicest work.

How you can pound out all the frames you post in relatively short times amazes me.

I like the tiles OK, but the frames are off the scale.

I do like…...actually admire how you got the trees to flow as they do.

Great work.

EDIT: I just noticed the effort you took on the grain alingment of the oak. THAT did not happen by accident.


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#2 posted 09-29-2014 08:50 PM

@Bruce, Your very kind words are very much appreciated. Thanks

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 09-29-2014 09:41 PM

And here on the right folks we have another one of the Masters in Woods “wonderful works of ART”!!!
As I am sure you have seen here on LJ’s there are several Masters that have achieved this level. I am sure Max would be a humble guy and say stop it but as you can see by his work he has reached this LEVEL!
Max this is a great frame and I second everything Bruce has said twice!!!

Great job in making everything flow very nicely!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#4 posted 09-29-2014 10:21 PM

@James, Thank you very much for your compliment, you are more than gracious with your words.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 09-29-2014 10:29 PM

Nice one max. Very nice. The grain is outstanding. almost looks like it was bookmatched. have to say i like the frame more than the tiles, but that is just me.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#6 posted 09-29-2014 10:41 PM

@jm82435, Thank you, I tried to match the grain to hopefully make it look as close to book match as I could. The tiles were the customers..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 09-29-2014 10:57 PM

Another outstanding job! I have always admired your work especially the finish. You have a knack of getting it to just pop.


-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#8 posted 09-29-2014 11:52 PM

Great piece!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 09-30-2014 12:07 AM

Beautiful frame! I love how that ray fleck just pops!

-- Dean

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#10 posted 09-30-2014 12:18 AM

@John, Thank you for your high praise, it is much appreciated

@Hillbilly, Thanks

@Dean, I appreciate your compliment, thank you.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#11 posted 09-30-2014 12:27 AM

I purchased some tiles off the internet before last Xmas for a project and I too was not happy with how the tiles were not the same size (width or thickness). Makes for a challenging build. I noticed you used spacers on the last three panel you posted. That looked great from a symmetrical point of view.

These kind of projects go great in almost any home.
Keep ‘em coming…...................

-- mike...............

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#12 posted 09-30-2014 04:49 AM

@Mike, Most hand pressed tiles are not the exact same size by virtue of how they are made and yes it does make it more difficult on the frame. The spacers in the other frames you mention that I constructed were suggested to the customer on this frame, because it makes the size difference not so noticeable. However the customer did not want them.

Thank you for you compliment it is appreciated.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#13 posted 09-30-2014 03:49 PM

A very handsome frame Max, another one of your top notch pieces ,great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 09-30-2014 03:57 PM

@Jim, Thank you for your compliment, it is appreciated.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#15 posted 09-30-2014 08:01 PM

Nice project!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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