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Three 'Matching' Victorian Fretwork Picture Frames

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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 1388 days ago 5281 views 6 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love classic Victorian fretwork. Not only is it a pleasure to cut, but gives a nice result. The frames look quite delicate but are surprisingly strong. They are cut from 1/2” maple and finished with oil followed by spray shellac. The round one holds a 3.5” round photo, the square one a 3.5” photo and the rectangle one a 3.5×5” photo. I am selling the patterns as a set, as they compliment each other nicely and would look nice as a collage on the wall. I hope you enjoy them! :)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"





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BritBoxmaker

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#1 posted 1388 days ago

Beautiful, Sheila. You have such patience and precision. Excellent finish too.

ps Did you notice on the projects page?

Ancient and modern happily side by side.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 1388 days ago

You scare me Martyn because we must have been loading these up at the same time and when I checked the page, I was thinking just about the same thing! It is great to be able to encompass so many styles and era’s! I look at your stuff as being so much more precise. People are afraid of fretwork, but it is very forgiving because of all the curves and such. Getting the straight edges to match so perfectly – THAT is a challenge to me! I loved the tutorial on the stars. I was sitting there wondering how the thin borders were done and yes, you make it look EASY! That is the sign of a good teacher. :) I hope to one day have a table saw so I can ‘play’ too! Until then, I may come up with some ways to do it on the scroll saw. You got me thinking . . . .

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 1388 days ago

And I am feeling a little ‘art deco’ lately, so I think I will try some Frank Lloyd Wright inspired things next! Then we will see if I can cut straight or not! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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OttoH

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#4 posted 1388 days ago

As always Sheila wonderful pieces. On the Frank Lloyd Wright comment, I don’t know, I have heard that a scoller cannot cut a straight line to save their life. (Oop’s, did I just throw a gauntlet?)

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 1388 days ago

Yes, you did, Otto! I was thinking that as I posted (Now what did I get myself into?) I promise no Photoshop tricks, though. We’ll see how I do . . . :)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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CampD

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#6 posted 1388 days ago

Wow! very nice
I’ve made a few frames in my day, opposit end of the spectrum——Streight lines.

-- Doug...

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glynn

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#7 posted 1388 days ago

they look great ,nice steady hand

-- jim nevada

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marcfromny

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#8 posted 1388 days ago

Those really came out beautiful! Now I have something else to try.

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 1388 days ago

Great work Sheilia

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Woodwrecker

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#10 posted 1388 days ago

Beautiful work Sheila.
The level of detail is exquisite.
Great job !

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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stefang

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#11 posted 1388 days ago

Love your frames Sheila. You can do very accurate straight stuff on your scrollsaw if you cut a little outside the lines and use a disk sander or just rub them on a sanding board down to the line. Even though I have two disk sanders I still use a sanding board quite often. This is a great technique for edges, but not so good for the flat surfaces of course. I always use 80 grit paper on my sanding boards. It’s coarse enough to clear the dust as you sand and it’s very quick too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jordan

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#12 posted 1388 days ago

Wow, those are very nice frames! Did you paint the insides black or is that just the shadow? Okay, I have a challenge for you – the design is there and just waiting to be carved just a bit finer. Your scrolling is so wonderful, I think you have the talent and patience to go one step further.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#13 posted 1388 days ago

Thanks! The black is just the shadow. I used to have a piece of fretwork in my house in Chicago that was about 5 ft wide by 2 ft tall and it was kind of classic fretwork like this. It was taken from a house that was over 100 years old, they said. The curved edges were all carved and beveled out. I could probably do that with the Dremel, if I put my mind to it :) That is a great idea though and I think I will try it. Thank you for the idea. Stay tuned and I will work on one! :) Thanks everyone else, too for the nice feedback!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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stefang

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#14 posted 1388 days ago

Sheila if you are talking about using the Dremel to get your edges straight I would advise against it. the small radius of the sanding drums will cut small dips along the line (or large dips if you press hard). Doesn’t hurt to try it out though just to make sure. If you decide to try a sanding board you should probably hold the workpiece against a small block with a true 90 degree angle to sandpaper to ensure a perfect 90 degree edge. I think you will find this method a lot easier than a Dremel. I know this because I have tried it myself.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#15 posted 1388 days ago

No, Mike! I don’t think I would ever attempt that. I meant carving the curves and shaping them with the Dremel in a Victorian-type design, kind of like when you do Intarsia or Segmentation. It would have a cool effect.

As far as the straights go, I do OK and I think I could make it look pretty good. I did the sides of the square frame on the Scroll Saw and they are darn close to straight. Now you wouldn’t want to join two pieces cut on a scroll saw, but as far as your eye sees, you can a pretty good job if you put your mind to it.

I will just have to hold my breath and pray to the scroll saw gods to be kind when I cut! :)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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