Circular Purple Heart Picture Frame

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Project by TravisT55 posted 04-04-2011 06:56 AM 1945 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everybody. I just want to share with fellow LJ’s a picture frame made from purple heart. I started out by making a mock up frame with cardboard to get an idea of my dimensions. At first I was going to use ebony mun but did not realize the cost of that wood until I got to the lumber store. I quickly decided that PH would be a great alternative. I used a homemade compass and the router to get the outer and inner circles cut taking about 5 or 6 passes on each. I used a round over bit for the edges and quickly noticed that the machined edge had turned purple wood a ghost white. A few days later it blended back to its purple heritage. I finished it with three coats of antique danish oil giving it a wet look and letting the purple pop out. After the third coat it had a high sheen which I reduced with some #0000 steel wool. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 04-04-2011 02:08 PM

Nice job. the finish looks good. I never knew purple heart did that.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 04-04-2011 09:52 PM

You could have used a black dye and stained the wood black to emulate ebony. I can appreciate good work but I would not have that in my house.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 04-05-2011 04:47 AM

The frame turned out great and the purple heart looks perfect for the art work ! I hear Ya on the cost of Ebony, I purchased a small chunk and only use it for accenting.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#4 posted 04-06-2011 01:19 AM

Awesome I watched a good friend at work make something quite similiar. I believe he used many of the same techniques you speak of.

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#5 posted 04-06-2011 04:23 PM

Nice frame! Just curious is that some type of Lib Tech poster?

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#6 posted 04-06-2011 04:27 PM

Nice job. Thank you for sharing a pic with us. Paul

-- Take your time and do it right once.

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#7 posted 04-16-2011 05:49 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone.

Moby- this is an older lib tech sticker that my brother enlarged for me for christmas. I have been riding lib techs since the mid 90’s when there edges would pull out of you hit a small rock and they were a small company. They have come a long way especially with magna-traction technology!

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