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Project by Todd A. Clippinger posted 2589 days ago 2352 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The frame is made of poplar. I used black lacquer overall and red lacquer for pin striping on the sides. It is an accent that really looks good when viewing it in person.

The whole thing was clear coated with Sherwin Williams T77 F57 clear precat lacquer.

The over all size is 44” wide by 66” high and 1-1/2” thick. A recessed french cleat was used to hang the frame. The Festool Domino was used to assemble the miter joints (OH YEAH!).

The copper metal woven sculpture was done by Kathy Lapso. She does really nice work and is great to work with. Her work is not normally framed and she seemed genuinely impressed with the results of the craftsmanship, design, and overall look.

The art and the frame was the result of a brainstorm session between the clients, the artist, and myself. The results are fantastic.

In the final picture you can see it in the company of some of my other work, the tiled floor and torii gate stairwell barrier.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com





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WayneC

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#1 posted 2589 days ago

Great projectTodd. The striping shows pretty well on my computer.

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

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gbear

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#2 posted 2589 days ago

Looks great!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 2589 days ago

Can you even see color? You’re just a dog.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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WayneC

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#4 posted 2589 days ago

Perhaps that is why I see it so well.

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

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Damian Penney

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#5 posted 2589 days ago

What do you use to mask the pin striping? I was originally going to do a big blue stripe on the boat bed but chickened out in the end because I wasn’t sure I could get clean enough lines (I have an el cheapo two stage HVLP unit)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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WayneC

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#6 posted 2589 days ago

Is it inlay or molding perhaps?

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 2589 days ago

I painted the black lacquer first and then did a clear coat. I let that cure overnight.

I had masked off the areas that I was going to paint red. When I removed the tape, I carefully cut lightly next to the tape so that the layer of laquer would not run wild during removal, peeling off where I did not want.

Then I did a real tight taping job with blue masking tape to cover the black. I normally use the green “lacquer” tape but I was out.

I used a gravity feed spray gun for the red lacquer and sprayed several thin coats. This kept the lacquer from being to heavy and melting the tape and adhesive on the tape.

After scoring and carefully removing the tape from the black areas, I sprayed the whole thing with a final clear coat which really brought everything together.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Muzhik

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#8 posted 2589 days ago

Fantastic work, as always, Todd! What other new projects do you have in the Cooper house? I can’t get enough of that place – or of your designs!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 2589 days ago

I have another piece that I am designing for the entry way. It is a closet with floor to ceiling doors that have a 70-30 (approx) split over the opening. The design in the doors will have an abstract relief sculpture on them.

I also have to build a 1/3 scale model for a yard sculpture that will be eventually made in steel. It will look like something from a museum of modern art.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Napaman

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#10 posted 2589 days ago

amazing…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Douglas Bordner

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#11 posted 2589 days ago

Thanks again for sharing your top-drawer work and an insight into the process. Glad to see your computer glitches seem to have been alleviated.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Don

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#12 posted 2589 days ago

Beautiful piece, Todd.

I imagine that it’s a real challenge to make a frame that compliments a fine piece of art. The combined artistry is fantastic.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Roger Strautman

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#13 posted 2589 days ago

After seeing the last picture I can see why you like to work for the Coopers or is that Kathy? LOL! Is that a small bead next to the red stripe or did the stripe make it look that way? Thanks for sharing!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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MsDebbieP

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#14 posted 2589 days ago

stunning artwork; stunning wood-artwork; and according to CarverRog – stunning lady :)

sounds like a partnership is forming for future works!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 2589 days ago

The frame accentuates the sculpture perfectly.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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