Japanese Picture Frame

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Project by miles125 posted 12-19-2008 06:39 PM 11118 views 28 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece was inspired by the design of a traditional Japanese Torii Gateway, with a little twist i added to suspend a photograph in between two pieces of glass. I think i’ll put a hanger on its back for the option of hanging it on a wall also.

The whole thing is Spanish Cedar except for the inner frame that holds the photo is Walnut. The twine is straight off the Home Depot shelf. The finish is all satin lacquer. Overall its about 13” wide and 13” tall.

A special nod to all you Lumberjocks for the continuing inspiration i get just from seeing your creations.


-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#1 posted 12-19-2008 06:45 PM

Very cool. Different from your other projects. Great idea.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 12-19-2008 06:56 PM

Wow, that looks great! I really like the cedar and walnut together. Sometimes a really interesting frame can distract from the picture it displays, but my eye is drawn to the center of this, kind of how a Torii makes you want to walk through it. Thanks for sharing this!

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#3 posted 12-19-2008 07:09 PM

Just my humble opinion, but I think that much shaping and finishing deserves 2mm (or thicker) black leather cord like the bead-stringing folk use. It’s a glorious piece of woodworking and an inspired design, so at 49¢ per linear foot you can’t go too wrong (minus the cost of my opinion).

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 12-19-2008 07:38 PM

That is really nice. I have never seen anything like it. I really like it.

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

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#5 posted 12-19-2008 07:42 PM

Beautiful design and construction!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 12-19-2008 08:10 PM

Beautiful workmanship Miles!!! I really like the design. Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 12-19-2008 09:16 PM

This is really great looking. I like what I saw when I checked out your projects and added you to my buddies list so I can be informed of any new projects you post. Thanks

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#8 posted 12-19-2008 10:11 PM

Great design!

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#9 posted 12-19-2008 11:22 PM

Douglas you mean like this? Lol…I got 4 of em and they’re all different.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 12-19-2008 11:23 PM

And thank you all for the nice compliments.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#11 posted 12-19-2008 11:39 PM

Sweet Miles. I like ‘em.
Nice craftsmanship too.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 12-19-2008 11:51 PM

Gorgeous Miles, man I love that Spanish Cedar look. The Asian theme is way cool. You really did good Miles. 5 stars for this one pal.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 12-20-2008 12:13 AM

Great job Miles. Very pleasing to the eye.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 12-20-2008 01:06 AM

Those are great Miles! Very creative on the design.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#15 posted 12-20-2008 03:20 AM

You did a great job here, Miles.

Finally something that deserves the tag ”Japanese inspired”. It’s not something you’d see here (the ”torii” is a sacred symbol and seldom used for small things) but it clearly brings your mind to this country.

I love it, and the execution is proper to a master craftsman like you. We want more.

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