Ornamental picture frame

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Picture or mirror frame- 18” w x 28” H x 1 3/4” D

This frame was carved from glued cypress boards 2” thick, cut out with my trusty jig saw, shaped with my electric reciprocating chisel and countless thousands of wood chips later this lovely frame appeared out of a block of wood. I routed a groove on the back of the center oval to mount a glass for a picture or a mirror. I had to be extremely careful not to allow the wrong piece to go over when it should have gone under. I enjoyed making this piece. This piece was the last project I carved before I got my lathe and have not been carving since. I will eventually get back to it but I have no idea when that will be.

Comments or critiques welcomed.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 1495 days ago

I absolutely love this Erwin! Just too cool!

Do you have any more pictures of it? I would love to see a side or angle view of this….

Did I mention I liked this?

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 1495 days ago

That is soooome piece of work Erwin !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#3 posted 1495 days ago

Very cool frame

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1495 days ago

good job on the over/ unders they look great.

-- jesse

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 1495 days ago

awesome …. nicest frame I’ve seen in a long time. How do you plan on finishing it?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 1494 days ago

cool, looks very complicated.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 1494 days ago

I had a double-take when I read”Jigsaw” and saw (no pun intended) the potential fragility of the piece and the risk involved…..well done Erwin!

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#8 posted 1493 days ago

Wow that is some very nice work. Well done.

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#9 posted 1493 days ago

Thanks everyone for the positive feedbacks. This piece was painted white(3 coats) then sponged several colors to enhance the highlights and shadows using gold, olive green, light poupon mustard yellow, grey/brown for the shadows, have not put finish coat on it as I wanted the customer to have that choice shiny, matte or flat.
Toolchap: this piece is tougher than it looks! It was 2 inches thick when I started and the thinnest area averages 1” wide and after I got done carving some areas are 3/4” wide, the under parts maybe 1” thick. It is more delicate now than when I started, I would not want to drop it although at the crafts show it was knocked down a couple of times but luckily the floor was carpeted. Nice thing about working on this is that if I had a chipout it didn’t matter as I could simply blend it in by recutting the adjoining areas. My wife thought I would have gone crazy doing the same kind of cuts over and over but in this case it did not feel repetitious as I was not on the same area for long and I could see progress and I could visualize the final picture. Would I do this again? Only If I had an order for one or a different design!


-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 1484 days ago

Very nice Erwin!

The Celtic knot design is an intriguing carving situation.

You have to pay attention, or you’re lost.

“The voice of experience”.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Dan'um Style

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#11 posted 1240 days ago

wondering if you ever got back to this project.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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