Floating Picture Frame

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Project by Timothy M. Shead posted 2060 days ago 4838 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first “real” woodworking project – a floating picture frame to show-off a published magazine article. The joinery is sliding dovetails, cut with a router, with one side of the frame left unglued so the frame contents can be inserted / removed. The wood is red-oak from the local big-box home improvement warehouse. The finish is several coats of shellac.

Instead of providing a mechanism to adjust the individual pieces of glass, I added a spacer (paper towels) behind the magazine so there is enough pressure to keep gravity from pulling it down:

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 2060 days ago

You may want to use some acid free paper as a backer for the article as UV and paper acids are terrible for preserving such articles. The paper will brown and become very brittle and the page will fade as ultraviolet light degrades the inks, some glass will inhibit the transmission of UV light.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 2060 days ago

Very nice project.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 2060 days ago

thanks for the great idea

-- making sawdust....

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#4 posted 2060 days ago

I really like the use of sliding dovetails here. Nice, clean, elegant.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#5 posted 2060 days ago

Very neat.

-- Berta in NC

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#6 posted 2060 days ago

Very cool!

You must have been a little nervous routing those dovetails…. there is not a whole lot of wood left on either side!

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

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#7 posted 2060 days ago

Nicely done! I don’t know that I’ve seen sliding dovetails used in a picture frame before. Thanks for enlarging my vision – and my to-do list.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#8 posted 2060 days ago

Great dovetails.

Please read my blog concerning framing.

-- Always do the Right Thing the Right Way the First Time - if you can figure out what that is! Ken, Spring Branch, TX

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#9 posted 2060 days ago

that’s a great looking frame, I like the dovetail detail.
also, congratulations on getting an article published!

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#10 posted 2058 days ago

nice job
i like a lot in fact i am going to try it

-- With God's help all things are possible- even woodworking

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#11 posted 2035 days ago

This is very cool. I’m going to try to make one.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#12 posted 1680 days ago

Wow, where was I? That’s so cool.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#13 posted 1680 days ago

that is a very cool looking project…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#14 posted 1127 days ago

January 2002, good issue.

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#15 posted 1127 days ago

Takes me back for sure….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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