Birdseye maple picture frames

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Project by slaphitter posted 09-17-2007 04:47 AM 2002 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I bought these watercolors of the 4 Seasons during a business trip to Shanghai a couple of years ago. They aren’t expensive fine art, but I thought they would be worthy enough of some proper frames. Wife got them professionally mounted on foam core, then I took over.

The wood is birdseye maple, finished with antique chestnut gel stain applied over a sealer coat of shellac. Then a topcoat of shellac.

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#1 posted 09-17-2007 04:59 AM

Wow, I like the frames. Nice edge treatment. Makes those pictures really pop.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#2 posted 09-17-2007 02:09 PM

Real nice. The contrast between the maple and the pic border really looks sharp.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#3 posted 09-17-2007 09:00 PM

Very attractive frames – nice work!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 09-17-2007 09:02 PM

Very nice frames, really make the pictures look good…..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 05-21-2008 09:17 PM

Great job – I especially like the contrast between the maple frames and the dark mats. Looks really nice!


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#6 posted 05-21-2008 11:34 PM

Very nice frames, and a great memento.

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#7 posted 05-22-2008 12:38 AM

Beautiful, indeed! I use a lot of maple and have never seen the Antique Chestnut gel stain. Good choice—they seem to glow. What brand of gel stain did you use?

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