Picture frames

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Project by Andrew posted 09-06-2010 05:51 PM 1494 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of frames a friend wanted me to make for the photos her Father had taken at Lake of the Woods, here in MN. She wanted to see bark, and have a natural feel to it. The box elder is 8” X 10”, and the birch is 20” X 30”So I cut some limbs in 1/4s and then dried them in my Kiln ( broken refridgerator ) for a couple months. Then upon realizing that some of the birch has warped so bad it cannot be used cut some more and wait some more. After drying was good, the bark tends to lift off the birch, seems the bark actually shrinks a lot more than the wood. So I epoxyed the bark bark on using old clean socks with holes in the heels as clamps ( wax paper as a barrier between glue and socks). These prieces of limbs, gave me a lot of time to learn how to use my jointer, it was really important to get things flat and square. Then I cut mortise and tennons, then dovetailes the mortises a little and split the tennons, inserted little wedges in the tennons. This way when I drove the tennons home, the wedges ezpanded tha shouls never come out of the mortises. There is glue in the joint aswell. There is 2 full cans of spray on semi gloss poly to help firm up and give the bark some sturucture.
The Birch frame is also going to be hung using a french cleat.
Thanks for checking it out.

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#1 posted 09-06-2010 06:30 PM

Unique and wonderful frames. I love the photos also.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 09-07-2010 02:39 PM

The frames really set off the photo! Great Job!!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 07:26 PM

Very nice!

-- Sandy, Minnesota,

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#4 posted 09-20-2010 08:09 AM

nice work on the frames… they look great!!!

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