Ambrosia Maple Art Frames

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Project by SuperDodge posted 08-14-2016 12:05 AM 327 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished up a pair of ambrosia maple picture frames. The first one is now in place and holds a piece of art that my better half picked out almost a year ago and has been waiting patiently for me to build a frame for.

I used an ambrosia maple board that I bought over 5 years ago when my local Woodcraft had a blowout sale and then subsequently moved across the country a few times in corporate relocations. I had no idea what I was going to do with the board for a long time but I think it’s just funky enough to go with the art. I decided to use contrasting Walnut splines to reinforce the miter joints.

I carefully selected the grain and ghosting I wanted for the primary frame and then realized I had exactly enough left to make a duplicate. I figured what the heck. The picture of the frame on the table is a second frame that can be used for something similar at a later date. Yay! I finally got another one-off board off the lumber rack.

The finish is one coat of Tried & True Danish Oil (BLO), followed by two coats of garnet shellec that I mixed up using Behkol and flakes from The Shellac Shack and finally a coat of Clear Briwax.

The woodcut art is by an artist form my local area named Kent Ambler.

Thanks, guys.

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#1 posted 08-14-2016 01:20 AM

You did a great job with the ambrosia figure and it does go well with the art. Two thumbs up.

I have been picking up ambrosia maple and have started an end table or night stand and a
possible coffee table. One of my lumber sources sells it for less than poplar/bf, so I figure the
lesser pieces can be used for jigs, secondary wood or anything one would use poplar for.

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#2 posted 08-14-2016 02:31 AM

Nice job!

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#3 posted 08-14-2016 06:43 PM

Thanks, guys. One more off the “honey-do” list.

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