Walnut frames for arts and crafts prints. A brief respite from the dog days of summer.

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Project by Luddite posted 08-21-2016 06:35 PM 1346 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

August 2016

Since finishing the interior painting my spouse has been on a re-decorating run. Last month I was commissioned by her to construct frames for two block prints that she’d ordered. She could have purchased the frames online but that would’ve broke the bank to be sure.

For the past 20 years I’ve had a small pile of walnut stock of leftovers from previous projects gathering dust. Seizing the opportunity, to do something other than refinishing, I gladly accepted the job borrowing liberally the frame design suggested on the web site where she bought the prints.

Both frames have differing thickness stiles and rails for effect. The smaller frame is joined using #10 biscuits whereas the larger frame is joined with mortise and tenon. Both frames have a rabbit cut and squared on the reverse half the thickness of either the rail or stile. The larger frame’s top rail has a slight tapering added.

Finished with Watco natural oil and Waterlux satin varnish.

So, now back to refinishing kitchen cabinet doors and the remainder of the dog days of summer.

Thanks for viewing.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#1 posted 08-21-2016 09:28 PM

Terry, the frames are nicely done and finished. Where did LOYL find the prints? Did you also make the lamp shades? I definitely appreciate the A&C ambiance of your house.

-- Art

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#2 posted 08-21-2016 10:14 PM

Hey Art,
Nice stuff, a bit pricey but LOML wanted it! The lampshades by the couch were store bought. The dragonfly lamp on the desk I made many years ago. I’ll pass the compliment along to my wife.

The prints came from Lone Crow Bungalow in Oregon.


-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#3 posted 08-21-2016 10:28 PM

Nicely complements the rest of your furnishings, wonderful work!

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#4 posted 08-21-2016 11:02 PM

Frames look great. Prints look like Yoshiko Yamamoto. We have several of her prints in the livingroom.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 08-21-2016 11:07 PM

Beautiful frames, Terry!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 08-22-2016 12:22 AM

Great looking A&C frames—they definitely complement your living room d├ęcor!

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

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#7 posted 08-22-2016 12:43 AM

Yours are a very attractive change from the normal mitered frames. I have a poster of the Studley tool chest. After viewing or frames, I think they will compliment the poster perfectly. Thank you.

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Frank Smith

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#8 posted 08-22-2016 01:17 AM

Nice job on your part as well as the work your wife did picking the prints

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#9 posted 08-22-2016 02:06 AM

Really really nice work! Beautiful

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#10 posted 08-22-2016 12:25 PM

look great

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#11 posted 08-22-2016 12:36 PM

I think these are nice and certainly different looking.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 08-27-2016 03:06 AM

Nice job!

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