Lacewood Frame

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Project by Tim Dorcas posted 07-22-2009 09:04 AM 2205 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Knowing my penchant for interesting artwork, my wife brought back this very cool picture that was made with butterfly wings. While it took awhile to get to it, I finally made a frame for it. I should add that this is the second frame I made. The first one was in the same style but used Roasted Tiger Maple. In the first frame, the everything shifted during glue up which I was never able to recover from (what a waste of really nice wood…). In this one, I used a pin nailer and clamps to make sure nothing moved.

While this is a relatively simple project I am trying to focus more on craftsmanship to make sure everything fits together nicely. This is one of the few projects my wife really seems to like. Despite my best efforts the photo really doesn’t due justice to the color or texture of the wood. The edges are ebonized maple. I use a water based black stain mixed with India black ink. The finish is a spray on lacquer.



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#1 posted 07-22-2009 02:17 PM

Very nice. I just added it to my favorites list.

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#2 posted 07-22-2009 02:40 PM

The items compliment each other very well, great job

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#3 posted 07-22-2009 03:36 PM

wonderful frame well done

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#4 posted 07-23-2009 02:31 AM

beautiful … absolutely !

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#5 posted 07-07-2010 02:34 PM

The butterfly wing Art is fantastic!
The frame is good, too.

Please allow me to make a suggestion.
If you’re going to make more frames you might think about getting a corner clamp to hold the work while the glue sets and give you time to shoot the nail into the corner.
After you make a few more frames, you might think about being more adventurous.
Perhaps you might make a frame without miter joints. Many great frames have been made using butt joints.
Multiple frames, frames within frames, can be good, too.
I once built a huge frame with construction mouldings, frame on frame, resulting in a massive work about three inches thick and so unusual, people rarely guess it’s common trim moldings.
I speak from a long history of making many picture frames. I became bored doing the same sort of thing over and over. So I started experimenting, much like some of the picture frames I’ve seen here on LumberJocks.

You’re doing well and I commend you on a job well done.
Keep up the good work.

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