|Project by CaptainSkully||posted 06-25-2009 06:02 PM||2551 views||11 times favorited||6 comments|
My girlfriend went to Framer’s Workshop in Berkeley to get some glass for the poster frame I recently made her, and she came back with the glass and a job offer. Kirstie, the owner, needs a local woodworker to make customer frames. She asked me to make up some samples, so I ran home and cranked out a couple of corners and profiles. They’re all QSWO. The one on the left is a mortise and tenon corner with Red Mahogany Danish Oil. The one in the middle is stop-chamfered with TransTing Reddish Brown. The one on the right is a stepped profile that was ebonized with steel wool vinegar my first attempts (thanks to Allison). For some reason, this finish causes the hand-rubbed poly to be considerably more glossy.
I took the samples in and Kirstie really liked them. She also requested some thinner samples so the frames don’t overpower the smaller prints. After I finish posting this, I’m heading out to the shop to make some 3/4” half-lapped corners, with 1/4” pillowed ebonized plugs.
All that remains now is to figure out pricing per foot for the frames. If anyone has any suggestions on how to do that, please let me know. I’m thinking that I’ll come up with a fixed cost per corner design, plus a linear foot number for the frame width. I like making frames because they really add to the subject, and they can be made from scrap wood.
Oh, while working the Summer Sailstice Boat Show on Treasure Island, CA last weekend, my girlfriend chatted up Pam, Jim DeWitt's daughter. She’s also interested in custom frames too, so I’ll be taking my samples over to Point Richmond, CA next week to see what she thinks. That would be really cool for me, as it nicely blends woodworking and sailing.
-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails