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Project by RexMcKinnon posted 1493 days ago 1701 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Close friends received a painting of their maple sugar cabin as a gift. They told me they wanted to bring it somewhere to get it framed, so I said give it to me. I bought the wood before christmas and wanted to get it done before March (our friends wife’s b-day and maple sugar season) but my mom passed in March and I put everything aside for a while. Anyway it got finished and delivered this weekend. It was a gift to their family and their daughter is our god daughter and it happened to be her b-day this weekend so it was given during a party anyway. They seemed very happy with it. The girl who did the painting is 16 years old. I think I am going to get her to do one for me before she knows how much she is worth. LOL

The frame is solid walnut with maple diamonds. The interior is birds eye maple veneer glued to ply, and the trim closest to the painting also walnut. It is the sap wood I cut from the large piece I had for the main part of the frame. Everything is finished with 3 coats of Tung oil. The veneer I had was too short to do one complete side so I tried to bookmatch it from the center to the miters. It is a little hard to tell as I did not take enough time to make the grain pop on the maple. That what you get when you rush stuff.

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 1493 days ago

That’s a great looking frame. Nice job.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#2 posted 1493 days ago

Looks mighty nice…She will definitely appreciate it.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#3 posted 1493 days ago

Nice design and work. Like the square pegs.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 1493 days ago

This is one beautiful picture frame. Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 1493 days ago

Great looking face frame. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 1493 days ago

nice work cool frame.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 1493 days ago

Great looking frame.
Goes well with the pic.
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#8 posted 1493 days ago

I really like this frame Rex. I am going to have to add it to my favorites so I can come back and try to mimic your handy work. You did good bud…

Sorry to hear about your Mom.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 1493 days ago


I particularly like the way you’ve radiused the 3 outside junctions of the intersection. I’m guessing you rounded over with a router and then cleaned it up with a chisel. Very nice touch with the sap wood. I like the uneven bumps on the ends. I might have mismatched them a bit to give it a less structured look. Is that your ‘bench dog’ in the last picture? :)


-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#10 posted 1493 days ago

Thanks for all the kind comments.

Dan; extra thanks!

Rance; Your right on about the router and chisel. The inside corner is also the same but it is just a 1/8” round over so it does not show as much. I thought about mismatching them but then I decided to give it a pattern. Higher bump always inside. Lastly, yup that is my “bench dog’ in the last picture. He was actually a gift from the people I gave the frame too. He’s 4 years old now but he still acts like a puppy.

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

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#11 posted 1492 days ago

Nice frame and picture.

-- wchips

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