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Project by AandCstyle posted 10-17-2014 09:54 PM 1268 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

LOML found this tapestry and it needed a frame. I attempted to design the frame to be as angular as possible because of all the angles in the tapestry. I am questioning my design now that it is complete. What do you think, does it work or is it overdone or lacking something?

The wood is qswo with floating tenon construction. The stain is an oil based that was used for the rest of the house. I let it dry 2 days, then applied a dilute coat of Target’s EM6000, then 2 undiluted coats with light 400G sanding between each.

I also filled the grain with Timbermate. I have been threatening to fill the grain on a project for a long time and either get lazy or chicken out at the last moment. Anyhow, the Timbermate does work and gave a very smooth surface, but IMO it made the finish look a little muddy, probably I did something wrong. Next time I think I will try Famowood for the filler.

Thanks for any comments.

-- Art





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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 10-17-2014 11:26 PM

That looks really cool Art. Are the stiles tapered, or is my mind playing tricks on me? Anyways it is a great looking frame, and you did a fine job. I like framed art with various material like tapestry, stone, or metal.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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AandCstyle

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#2 posted 10-18-2014 12:21 AM

Willie, thank you for the compliment. You are correct about the stiles, in fact, the only square piece is the bottom rail.

-- Art

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Alongiron

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#3 posted 10-18-2014 02:08 AM

I really like it a lot ! It is simple yet elegant! It is soft and soothing !

Great job!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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AandCstyle

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#4 posted 10-18-2014 02:31 AM

Thank you, Steve. I don’t think those were my goals, but I will accept accolades whenever I get them! :D

-- Art

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#5 posted 10-18-2014 03:46 AM

Nicely crafted—stumble but exquisite design!

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

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AandCstyle

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#6 posted 10-18-2014 02:59 PM

Thanks, Hillbilly!

-- Art

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Douglas

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#7 posted 10-18-2014 04:04 PM

I like the form, for sure. What did you make pegs with? But I wouldn’t fill the grain of oak – if you wanted that look, I’d would have used different wood. QSWO is pretty with its open grain and all.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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Grumpymike

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#8 posted 10-18-2014 05:06 PM

Wow, you have a very creative eye … I think that your frame enhances the elegance of the tapestry.
QSWO with it’s chatoyance and rays are an eye pleaser.
I think you did well to move away from the straight lines of the everyday frame.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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AandCstyle

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#9 posted 10-18-2014 07:01 PM

Douglas, thank you! The pegs are wenge scraps which I milled to 3/8” then made the holes with a hollow chisel. You are probably right that it is unusual to fill an open grain wood, but its what I have and I really just wanted to experiment. :)

Mike, thanks! I looked at a lot of frames here on LJ and then improvised. Based on the comments so far, I think I will use this form again if the opportunity presents itself.

-- Art

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HillbillyShooter

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#10 posted 10-18-2014 07:57 PM

Correction (thanks to auto correct on iPad): “stumble” was supposed to be “subtle”! I was referring to your tapered stiles and gently curved top.

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

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AandCstyle

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#11 posted 10-18-2014 10:15 PM


“stumble” was supposed to be “subtle”! I was referring to your tapered stiles and gently curved top.

I wondered about that, but figured you were just trying to trip me up. haha

-- Art

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Grumpymike

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#12 posted 10-18-2014 10:26 PM

Oh, now that’s punny …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Bud_3

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#13 posted 04-06-2016 10:35 PM

Like it very much,basically i am fan of this kind of art.

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AandCstyle

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#14 posted 04-06-2016 11:23 PM

Bud, thank you!

-- Art

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