Jatoba and Maple Lighted Picture Frame

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Project by Sam12 posted 05-19-2015 04:18 AM 1081 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Fellow Lumberjocks,
Here are some pictures of a lighted picture frame that I created. Essentially, it is a deep picture frame (4”) with a little 6 watt bulb to light the picture from behind (picture 4). It is a pretty cool effect that unfortunately I was unable to replicate in the first picture. This frame holds an 8” x 10” photo. The overall dimensions of the project are 13” tall x 11 3/4” wide x 5 3/8” deep.
The fretwork is from a design by Alison Tanner that was published in a recent issue of Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts. It is cut out of a piece of 1/2” thick hard maple. The rest of the frame (box) is my original creation and is made from 3/4” Jatoba. This was the first time I had used Jatoba. Although I found it to be a very hard wood which was somewhat difficult to work with, I think it gives this project a very rich, ‘fine’ furniture look. I just love the way that the grain is so well defined by the dark streaks throughout the reddish brown wood. The third picture shows this pretty well.
The frame box is held together with pocket hole screws. The maple fretwork floats in a groove cut into each of the four sides of the box. The groove is held back from the front edge of the frame thereby recessing the maple fretwork about 1/2”. This can be seen in the final picture. The frame box sits on top of two layers of 3/4” thick Jatoba to create an attractive base for the frame (picture 5) as well as hide the light fixture. To give it a little shape I routed the edges of the base pieces as well as the very top board of the frame box. I finished the exterior of the project with several coats of water based polyurethane. I painted the inside of the box with white paint to help reflect the light well and make the picture appear as bright as possible.
Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 06-15-2015 02:47 AM

That is a very nice picture box. I like the frame light idea!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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