Picture Frame with Greene and Greene Accents

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Project by Vincent Nocito posted 05-26-2011 02:56 PM 3402 views 10 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a picture frame sized to hold an 11” x 14” print. The frame is made from virola and has M&T construction and decorative ebony accent plugs. The design is based, in part, on frames from Greene and Greene’s Gamble House in Pasadena and a mirror frame designed by the late Mike McGlynn. The frame measure 20.5” w x 20” h. The crest rail (2.5” w) and bottom rail (2” w) are 3/4” thick, the wide stiles (2” w) are 5/8” and the narrow stiles (0.5” w) are 1/2”. Construction involves cutting the m&t joints, roughing out the shape of the crest rail on the bandsaw, final shaping with a spindle sander and assembly. The glass, print, matting and backer board sit in a rabbet and the are held in place with glazing points. A craft paper dustcover encloses the back of the frame. The frame is finished with three coats of semi-gloss Arm-R-Seal sanding to 600 mesh after the final coat.

The print is “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji Koshigaya in Musashi Province” by Utagawa Hiroshige (1858). It was purchased at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The V&A is a great museum dedicated to decorative arts and design. Unfortunately, the furniture gallery was closed for renovation during our visit and I was unable to see their collection. Oh well, maybe next time.

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#1 posted 05-26-2011 03:15 PM

Nice looking frame.

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#2 posted 05-26-2011 03:38 PM

Very nice!

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#3 posted 05-26-2011 03:50 PM

Very nice frame. You do great work! I’ve never worked with virola, but it’s a beautiful wood. Is it difficult to acquire?

I also appreciate the info about the V&A museum in London. We’ll be in London in July, so now we’ll be sure to visit this museum.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 05-26-2011 04:43 PM

That is awesome! Great job!

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#5 posted 05-26-2011 06:12 PM


-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 05-26-2011 07:24 PM

Great design and craftsmanship. I like the proportions and the contrasting yet complimenting woods.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#7 posted 05-27-2011 02:22 AM

well done interpretation.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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