Mother's Day Picture Frame - 1 of 2

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Project by mspain77 posted 05-13-2017 07:41 PM 716 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one is for my mom, and the other is for my soon to be mother-in-law. I used figured soft maple and purple heart. It’s an 11×14 frame housing an 8×10 photo of my fiance and myself. I started with regular maple, but once I saw what that figured walnut was doing, I had to use something a little nicer than straight maple.
This was my first frame ever, and it was a lot of fun. I learned a lot during this build as well, but I won’t point anything out. ;)
I made a spline jig which was super quick, easy and fun and used those on both frames. Finished her off with 5-6 coats of wipe-on poly, satin finish. I also used nice turn buttons and D-ring picture hangers instead of the sawtooth hangers. Thanks for looking guys and gals. I look forward to hearing what you guys think.

-- It's a BEAUTIFUL day to cut some wood & build something!

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#1 posted 05-13-2017 09:07 PM

Really nice. Love tiger maple. How do you like those spring clamps? How did you cut the miters? Table saw?

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#2 posted 05-13-2017 09:20 PM

This was my first time using those Ulmia miter clamps but I do like them. I figure everyone will sand down before finishing so the small indentation they leave doesn’t bother me. I cut the miters on my 10” miter saw. I have a crosscut sled but not a miter sled for the tablesaw. I figured out that though my combination square looked dead on, I needed to adjust the fence on the miter saw after I glued this up. There was a small gap that I filled in with saw dust and the splines really helped to strengthen the joint.

-- It's a BEAUTIFUL day to cut some wood & build something!

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#3 posted 05-14-2017 01:24 PM

Nice combination of woods, a great addition to any art work!

Good call on the D-rings and wire, it seems that with the “saw tooth” hangers you never can get the picture level 8^)

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#4 posted 05-14-2017 04:02 PM


-- BN in Indiana

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#5 posted 05-14-2017 06:22 PM

You did a nice job on this mother’s da frame.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 05-23-2017 08:58 AM

very nice work choice of wood is perfect

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#7 posted 05-23-2017 09:08 PM

Thank you Chido

-- It's a BEAUTIFUL day to cut some wood & build something!

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