|Project by JSOvens||posted 02-13-2017 09:58 PM||362 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
I decided to take a break from the baby bed I’ve been working on slowly and steadily for almost a year now to make this photo frame, so if you have been following that build, this is part of the reason nothing has been updated in a while. My motivations for the style came from a few factors:
1) The first was the bent lamination arch. I have a similar (though much larger) feature on the baby bed I’m building out of cherry, but have never done bent laminations before, so I used the form I created for the bed to make this smaller scale version as practise. Since all went well with it, I moved on to incorporating it into a project.
2) The second factor was the central photo which came from a set of professionally taken photos of our new daughter at eight days old (she was six months old when I finally made this project). This family shot was the only hard copy photo we purchased and it came as a 16×20” matte print with a foam backing. It was suggested by the photographer that a glass front was not required as a result.
Working around these design factors, I added four more 5×7” photo slots around it. We really liked the absence of photo frame glass, so omitted it on the 5×7” prints as well – it turns out you can do this quite well with regular prints also (we used 1/4” MDF as a backer on the photos to lend some support).
Some other details: my wife picked out the board of cherry used for this project – I used nearly the entire board, with only enough left to make an additional small 5×7” frame (not yet finished). I used General Finishes’ satin Arm-R-Seal for the first time as I heard it was fairly straight forward to apply. I believe this is likely true, though I’m hoping in future projects the finish quality will be better as I gain practise (it wouldn’t be very visible in the photos, but there are some deficiencies in the final finish here).
We have been living in this house for over four years now, and this is the first big photo frame we’ve hung up despite the best of intentions. We love the look of it in our living room, and hope to add many more frames in the future!
-- Jeffrey S. Ovens, Canada