Greene & Greene Mirror/Picture Frames

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Project by Darrell Peart posted 10-06-2011 03:26 PM 8225 views 40 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two mirror/picture frames in the Greene & Greene style.

Their names come from the Pacific NW.

Wenatchee (Frame with mitered curvy line)… A town in eastern Washington where I was born. My ancestor’s homesteaded here. I spent a lot of summers there in the 60’s working in the orchards.

Tahoma (frame with cloud lift shape ”through tenon” )…The Native American name for Mt Rainer.

The through tenons on the Wenatchee Frame are faux – although 1-inch floating tenons are used on all four joints. The bottom faux tenon mimics the shape of the corresponding cloud lift.
The curvy joint on the Tahoma frame was done with a CNC template I designed and had made. I use pinch dogs to assemble the frame – the mating curvy line registers and locks the frame parts at exactly 90-degrees. There is no tendency to slip and move like you would have with a straight 45-degree miter joint.
Once the miters are glued , I cut a kerf for the spline on the table saw. I use a flush trim bit with an oversize bearing to leave the spline uniformly proud.

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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#1 posted 10-06-2011 03:33 PM

Great looking frames Darrell. As always, you have done an excellent job with your work

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#2 posted 10-06-2011 03:51 PM

I really like what you’ve done here. I especially enjoy how you personalized the designs by naming them after some of the favorite things in your life. Well done. This will go in my “favorites” file.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#3 posted 10-06-2011 04:05 PM

Excellent work. I love the G&G style and you executed it very well!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 10-06-2011 04:14 PM

When I first saw the pictures, I thought to myself “These are as good as Darrell Peart’s”! Then I looked to see who the craftsman was :-) I don’t know if you remember me, but I organized your presentation here in Denver a few years back. I’m glad to see that you are still putting out great works of art.

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#5 posted 10-06-2011 04:17 PM

Outstanding work! Only those of us who have actually made picture frames can truly appreciate the skills exhibited here.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 10-06-2011 04:28 PM

Nice looking work, you are some kind of g&g master. Awesome projects.

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#7 posted 10-06-2011 04:29 PM

Thanks everyone. Cal – yes I remember you – my wife and I loved the Denver area and hope to return sometime

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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#8 posted 10-06-2011 04:43 PM

Darrell, I enjoy the way you have continued the G & G tradition. Your work is exemplary. Thanks for sharing.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#9 posted 10-06-2011 05:39 PM

Darrell: A great looking set of frames. The work is like magic. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 10-06-2011 06:38 PM

Your work and designs are always good. Well done!!


-- Nollie Bay City , Tx .

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#11 posted 10-06-2011 07:28 PM

Beautiful curve.

Do you find the pinch dogs puncture the wood too far? Is there anything you do to prevent damage?

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#12 posted 10-06-2011 08:23 PM

Lovely. Is this your standard, published finish? Lots of red in these pictures.

It also looks like some dark wax in the pores. They have a nice ‘patination.’ :)

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#13 posted 10-06-2011 08:46 PM

Jon.. the pinch dogs are done from the backside, so the holes are not seen. Although in the past,I have positioned pinch dog holes where ebony plugs will cover them.

Tsangle..its difficult in photos on the web to get the colors correct. The Wenatchee frame is my standard finish ( with Renaissance Wax) as published in my blog

The Tahoma frame was finished by my finisher

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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#15 posted 10-06-2011 09:37 PM

The master of G&G strikes again.. nicely done Darrell

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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