|Project by Walnut_Weasel||posted 03-03-2011 03:40 AM||1228 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
I was inspired by the Greene and Greene frame from an article in the December 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking written by Robert Lang. The frame is constructed from quarter sawn curly white oak. It was finished by first fuming it with ammonia, then applying several 1lbs cut coats of orange shellac, and completed with a healthy coat of Renaissance paste wax. If I did it over, I would have used garnet shellac – it turned out a tad bit took orange for my taste. I fumed it using a household ammonia and for some reason the ray flecks also darkened up during the process. I am guessing there was some type of additive to the cleaning ammonia that caused this reaction.
Although the original by Robert had the typical Greene and Greene ebony plugs, I felt that due to the very busy grain pattern that they would be overkill and just lost in the background. With the exception of roughing in the outside shape on a band saw, it was completed entirely by hand tools. And let me tell you, getting a tear out free surface on curly white oak was a chore. Luckily the toothed blade on my Lie-Nielsen bevel up jack plane was up to the challenge! It let even a rookie like myself tackle this problem like a pro.
I found a place to hang it in our house. Now I have to wait for my father-in-law to complete the painting that it will display.
Thanks for looking.
-- James - www.walnutweasel.wordpress.com