Ash Frames

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Project by Dan Pleska posted 2394 days ago 1976 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of two identical ash frames commissioned for 11×14 documents. They were made to the clients specifications. The splines are mahogany. I’m not sure if they are still splines when they aren’t buried in the corner. Whichever, they were cut with the table saw the same way you would cut a buried spline. Note to anyone trying this for the first time: use a blade that cut a flat bottom slot. The first cut I made with my alternating beveled teeth blade took a while to clean up. It would have been even harder if the spline was buried. The edge treatments were done on the shaper. No stain was used, just two coats of clear lacquer with a light 320 sanding between coats. I didn’t notice until after I took the pictures that the third one looks like a framed picture of my blade guard.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#1 posted 2394 days ago

Very nice frame. I really like those accents!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 2394 days ago

Very nice frames! Those miters are precise and clean, too.

Those “splines” look terrific. I am sure the client is well pleased.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#3 posted 2394 days ago

Job well done. I would like to try something like that myself, but without the help of a shaper. Can it be done with a router and table?

Have a great day,

-- Bob Lance, DE

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#4 posted 2394 days ago

Neat and unique

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#5 posted 2393 days ago

Good job sir. The (not buried) splines are a nice contrast.

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#6 posted 2393 days ago

Nice project, Dan. I’m curious who supplies your ash & mahogany.

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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Jiri Parkman

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#7 posted 2393 days ago

Original project and nice execution.

-- Jiri

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#8 posted 2393 days ago

I like it very cool.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#9 posted 2393 days ago

ha – yah, love the “picture” in the last picture

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Scott Bryan

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#10 posted 2393 days ago

These is a nice frame. I really like the corner mahogany accents. This accent is a unique touch that not only strengthens the miter but also adds a nice detail to the frame.

I have not seen this before. Is this your idea or did the client specify this detail?

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Dan Pleska

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#11 posted 2393 days ago

Thanks for all of the comments. The feedback one get from these posts is really great.

Lance – Yes, that edge treatment could easily be done with a router table
Bruce – The ash came from Coastal Lumber, Buchanan, WV. The mahogany was from a “short” that has been around for some time
Scott – The corner accent was specified by the client who said he’d seen it somewhere else.

I like the corner accent as well, and judging from the feedback, I’m going to probably use it more.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#12 posted 2393 days ago

Beautiful way to strengthen those miters.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#13 posted 2392 days ago

Dan, I really like the contrast that the miters created. Great looking frame.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#14 posted 1657 days ago

great looking frames… I like the mahogany corners… well done…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#15 posted 1657 days ago

super looking frames

-- Custom furniture

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