Cherry Picture Frame

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Project by Mosquito posted 08-19-2015 02:35 AM 1869 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My parents picked up this print when we were in New Orleans this summer for my cousin’s wedding. It was an odd size (8-1/2×10-1/2), so my mother asked if I would make a picture frame for it. Something “simple” that matches a small hutch they wanted to hang it by. It doesn’t quite match the hutch yet, but in time it should hopefully darken with age to a better match.

The frame is made out of cherry, and finished with Watco Natural Danish Oil. Overall dimensions are 10.5” x 12.5” outside dimensions.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#1 posted 08-19-2015 02:48 AM

Extremely well done, “Skitter”! I can’t tell for sure, but is it double matted with a gold mat underneath protruding about 1/8”?” The matting really sets it off.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 08-19-2015 02:50 AM

Thanks Russell. The print was actually bought with the matting already, which is partly why it was an odd size. It’s black with a beveled recess that’s white. I kind of like that the only color to it is the cherry frame.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 08-19-2015 03:41 AM

Very nice Mos! I like the print too, heyday New Orleans looks great. I’ve been collecting a few old tool adverts to frame up as shop art. I’m finding layout is a challenge due to their odd sizes and graphic context. Definitely a sit and stare awhile activity for good continuity. Also, your frame for the modzoo poster gave me some good design direction.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#4 posted 08-19-2015 03:59 AM

Thanks Woodcox. I should get the mod zoo poster frame posted too, just got the 3rd video done for that series this evening.

Currently in the process of buying a house, and there will be dedicated workshop space for me, and I’ve been keeping an eye out for tool advertising posters that catch my fancy, as I’ve wanted to get a few for a while, just lack space at the moment…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#5 posted 08-19-2015 08:16 AM

I really like that Mos. Great print and very nicely framed. Well done sir!

-- - "The hand speaks to the brain as surely as the brain speaks to the hand." Frank R. Wilson

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#6 posted 08-19-2015 12:26 PM

Nice ‘visual impact’ of this project and nice photo work that shows it.

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#7 posted 08-19-2015 01:56 PM

Nice work Mos.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 08-19-2015 02:10 PM

Good job. I kinda like making picture frames. Lots of options, and a relatively quick project that doesn’t use too much lumber.

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#9 posted 08-19-2015 03:38 PM

Thanks guys!

Shane, I don’t mind making picture frames, but I hate gluing up mitered corners lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#10 posted 08-19-2015 04:25 PM

Moss, it came out well. Use the 45 or 55?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#11 posted 08-19-2015 04:58 PM

Looks great, Mos!
I also assume the frame is hand planed?

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#12 posted 08-19-2015 05:06 PM

Stanley #55 with the 5/8” quarter round iron, and #46 for the rabbet on the back. I did use the electron killing miter-saw for the mitered corners, though.

This was actually the 3rd attempt. First one got a little aggressive with a probably too dull iron making the molding and had a big chunk split off. Second one was ok, but then my mitered corners were no good, and my shooting board wasn’t very helpful as it only had a miter fence in one direction. Made one last run of molding profile, cut and planed then used my cordless miter-saw to do the miters.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#13 posted 08-19-2015 06:49 PM

Wow, I’m impressed you planned the shaped edges. What is a cordless miter saw, some kind of miter box?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#14 posted 08-19-2015 07:48 PM

There was a bit of dowel rod and sand paper involved in smoothing things out lol

I’ve got one of these:

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#15 posted 08-19-2015 11:53 PM

Great looking photo frame you made there, Moskeeter! How did you reinforce the miter joints?

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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