Mother's Day Framed Stained Glass Panel

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Project by SawTooth1953 posted 05-11-2009 07:28 AM 1912 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a collaborative effort: my wife made the stained glass panel and I made the frame and stand. (I was pretty sure my mother would have a hard time hanging it in the window of her high-rise apartment, so I made the stand.)

The frame and stand are aspen and oak. I don’t know what made me reach for the Light Oak stain instead of the Natural Danish Oil, but as soon as I saw the Aspen turn brown, I wished I didn’t do it. Once some of the aspen was stained, I couldn’t stop… but I did try wiping it with mineral spirits… I suppose some stain came out from the aspen. I intended all along to have the aspen stand out between the oak layers… oh, well. After the stain dried, I sprayed on the shellac (to contain the stain odor). When that was set, the very last step was to glue the stained glass panel between the front and back finished frame halves.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#1 posted 05-11-2009 07:30 AM

very nice job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-11-2009 07:50 PM

That looks fantastic. When you have time could you post a pic of the back. I would like to understand how the glass is sandwiched between the front and back. Are they two identical frames glued together? Is there a groove for the glass? I ask becasue my friend does stained glass and needs frames. For her first project she bought a frame and I installed the glass with brads holding it. I like your idea of a stand better, but need to know how the glass is held in place.
Thank you,

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#3 posted 05-11-2009 11:55 PM

Vicki, The frame is 3 layers of 1/4” thick wood… the outer layers are oak, the middle layer is aspen. The stained glass panel is just under 1/4” thick. If it were thicker, then the middle layer would be thicker. The middle layer is not full width… it is narrower than the oak outer layers by 1/8-1/4… which creates the effect of a rabbet automatically.

If you noticed, I didn’t use mitered corners. Both outer layers are identical (so front=back) and have full length sides and short top/bottom to fit between them. The middle layer has full length top/bottom and short sides to go between them. The final glue-up of overlapping at the corners makes it strong. I glued the middle layer to one outer layer for sanding and finishing… then masking tape was applied to the inner face of the aspen to keep the finish off that gluing surface. The other outer layer was temporarily glued at its ends w/cyanoacrylate for sanding and finishing… then strengthened with the final glue-up.

I don’t have pics of that stage… here’s a labelled sketch… hope it helps: oops! No can do… I thought the “insert image” icon would let me upload the scanned sketch from my hard drive…

For no known reason, the stained-glass panel was far from a perfect rectangle… so before the final glue-up I used hot glue in the ‘rabbet’ area to keep the panel in position, ie. aligned with the sides and top.


-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#4 posted 05-12-2009 01:15 AM

Hi Spence

Both you guys did a wonderful job on this piece. Always thought I would like to learn stained glass but never did. Did do some sand blasting though. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 10-11-2011 12:31 AM

Is the stained glass copper foil or leaded? I’ve tried some of both. Difficult—at least for me….but yours looks very nice!

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#6 posted 10-11-2011 12:56 AM

swtrader, My wife made the stained glass panel using the copper foil technique… she gets all the credit for that… I’ll let her know that you like it.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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