Ash Frames

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Project by Dan Pleska posted 02-06-2008 05:05 AM 2175 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 02-06-2008 05:08 AM

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 02-06-2008 05:28 AM

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 02-06-2008 06:55 AM

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 02-06-2008 07:25 AM

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 02-06-2008 11:40 AM

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

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#6 posted 02-06-2008 12:58 PM

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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#7 posted 02-06-2008 02:58 PM

Original project and nice execution.

-- Jiri

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#8 posted 02-06-2008 03:03 PM

I like it very cool.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#9 posted 02-06-2008 04:40 PM

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

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 02-06-2008 05:23 PM

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 02-06-2008 05:42 PM

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 02-07-2008 12:52 AM

Beautiful way to strengthen those miters.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#13 posted 02-07-2008 10:47 AM

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 02-11-2010 10:45 PM

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 02-11-2010 10:52 PM

super looking frames

-- Custom furniture

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