|Project by PeteMoss||posted 10-26-2010 04:58 PM||2576 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
About five years ago, my wife and I went on a trip to Savannah. Down by the river we had our portrait drawn by one of the street artists. That picture has sat on our dresser since then while we hemmed and hawwed about what frame to put it in. I finally decided to just make one. I knew that we wanted to fairly simple black frame, but I had never made one before and was very unsure of myself.
I decided to use some of the walnut left over from my coffee table project. I did spend some extra time with the grain, using the same technique that I do on boxes to get the grain to flow all the way around the frame. Too bad you can’t see it now that it is ebonized.
I tried a few new things to me. I cut half-lap miters which you can see in the third picture. I had a hard time making these, but they really worked well especially during glue-up and made is feel very sturdy. I also had never ebonized anything before. I used vinegar that had steel wool soaking in it for a couple of weeks. It really did work great, turning it solid black with a few brownish streaks.
All in all a pretty enjoyable and educational project.
-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss