Oriental Frames

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Project by Calmudgeon posted 12-27-2017 02:31 PM 714 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We purchased these watercolours in China in 2012, but in a lull between paying jobs, I finally got around to framing them for my wife for Christmas.

I toyed around with curving/arching the top cross-member, but in the end decided the I liked the simplicity of keeping it straight. That also simplified construction, although that wasn’t the deciding factor.

The frames are maple finished with two sprayed coats of an ebony tinted urethane (Saman brand). It’s not a product I enjoy working with very much. It takes half a day to rip apart my sprayer to get all the black crud out of it after I’m done. But I had limited time to make a special trip to the city to find something better, and I’d worked with this product on a previous job and knew that it would work. Better the devil you know …

Joinery is simply half-laps. The side members are 3/4” thick by 1 1/2” wide; the cross-members are 4/4” thick for some added visual interest.

I cut a horizontal keyhole slot in the top cross-member so that they could be hung tight against the wall.

Overall, I’m pleased enough with the result, although I do wish I’d had the time to get my hands on some black satin lacquer.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#1 posted 12-27-2017 03:39 PM

Very nice looking set of frames!

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#2 posted 12-27-2017 04:43 PM


-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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#3 posted 12-27-2017 04:54 PM

They came out really well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 12-28-2017 11:30 AM

looks great!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#5 posted 12-28-2017 02:31 PM

These oriental frames turned out beautifully. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 12-28-2017 02:57 PM

I love how a simple end cut can really transform the look. In combination with the black, these frames are perfect for your art work, very nice!

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#7 posted 12-28-2017 03:35 PM

Thanks for the positive comments, folks.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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