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Project by Tim Dahn posted 1946 days ago 8001 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During a fall getaway with my wife to Gatlinburg Tn. we found this print and when she wanted a frame……you guessed it, I said “I can make that”. She did not want the usual rustic weathered board but formal would not look right either so I came up with this Arts and Crafts / Craftsman style, I think it goes well with the chicken/barnyard scene. I have also become more interested in hand tools after reading an article by Christopher Schwarz about draw boring and this seemed to be a good project to do some hand work.

The frame is Rift-Sawn Red Oak, each corner is through mortised then draw bored with Black Walnut pins for an accent. The mortises were all done with chisels and my “mystery mallet “(see my other projects). The tenons were cut with a Japanese pull saw then paired with a chisel. I used a card scraper to finish the wood before staining with Watco dark walnut, a light coat of Satin poly and a final coat of wax.

Oh yea, I did not use any glue for this project, it’s just wood held together with wood.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.





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lew

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#1 posted 1946 days ago

WOW!!

This is beautiful! The color and style total compliment the picture!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 1946 days ago

Tim, I really like this frame. You did a good job on its construction and I am a fan of arts and crafts style projects. I have a number of pictures that I have been meaning to frame and this style looks interesting to me.

Thanks for the inspiration!

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 1946 days ago

Excellent job on the frame.

I’m not so sure about your wife’s taste in art. Are you going to hang this right next to the poker-playing dogs?
(LOL! Sorry…I couldn’t help myself.)

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

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Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 1946 days ago

Sweet looking frame. It looks natural with the painting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 1946 days ago

nice work. thru tenon is well done

welcome to lj’s

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Peloton

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#6 posted 1932 days ago

That frame is very nice. Great work on the tenon.

-- “I'm thinking about it, ... I'm thinking it's the best way to piss [the French] off.” -Lance Armstrong

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Alongiron

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#7 posted 365 days ago

That is really really nice!!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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bannerpond1

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#8 posted 365 days ago

Excellent craftsmanship and style!

-- --Dale Page

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