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Frame for Beethoven's Grave

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 05-29-2017 08:24 PM 497 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter wanted to give a meaingful gift to her high school band teacher. While on a recent trip to Europe with a local orchestra group, she had taken a photo of the grave of the great classical composer, Beethoven. Walmart printed the photo for us and I was assigned to make a frame.

I grabbed some of my pew mahogany and set to work. I created a rabbet on the back inside edge and used an ogee bit and my router table to make the outer edge nice. I also added a barely discernable chamfer on the upper inside edge. I used my miter sled to cut the angles and glued the frame up with my picture frame clamp (see bottom.)

I had these little, perfectly sized, splines from creating the rabbet so I decided to put diagonal splines in the backs of the corners to add some strength. They were exactly the width of my table saw blade, so I used my miter sled to create the little dados for the splines.

I got to use my Cheap-A chinese plane to remove the potruding bits of the splines. (Hey it worked!)
A nice sanding of the flat surfaces was followed by several coats of spray lacquer.

I then cut a piece of plexiglas to suit as well as a piece of corrugated backer. Everything is held in with brads, carefully applied.

[Below] Mandatory glue-up photos!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 05-29-2017 11:20 PM

Good job on the frame Dave! I’m sure her teacher will love it!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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majuvla

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#2 posted 05-30-2017 06:26 AM

Very nice and suitable gift. The frame is real classic.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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