|Project by DesertWoodGuy||posted 07-22-2010 05:24 PM||2543 views||18 times favorited||8 comments|
This stained glass frame was my first commissioned piece. The frame is 6 feet by 3 feet and made of two laminated 4/4 curly Maple with 8/4 Mesquite corner pieces in a design I call a swirl joint. The finish is 3 coats of satin Tung oil with a buffing of Johnson’s paste wax.
This frame had to carry a massively heavy stained glass panel (not my work, but crafted by Ochoa Stained Glass). The joint transition from maple to mesquite was done with a template and router, then joined with four dowels and wood glue. Miter joint is strengthened with three offset Ebony splines. Afterward, I added a heavy guage countersunk screw at each corner (just to be safe) with an elipse plug.
The frame is hung by twin steel cables on each side. However, I still worried about the frame supporting that much weight. So, after thinking about it for few days I came upon a solution thanks to some of my own stained glass work. Before complete assembly of the frame, soldered steel cable along the full length of the vertical sides of the stained glass panel. I then slid the stained glass panel into the dadoed groove of the three sided frame, drilled a hole running up through the top of the frame cap, ran the attached cable through that, then attached, glued, and splined the frame cap. The top cables were attached to the side cables, then to heavy hooks. To this day, after several years, the wood has shown no stress. thankfully.
-- Matt - WildFire Designs