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This is the picture frame I made for the autograph of David Marks. It is a small fun project that will let you use a cool “spline Jig”. I had to make one of these before I could make the frame. This frame was a blast to make and was very easy. I got the glass from an old picture frame I picked up at Goodwill. :). A very cheap way to get a nice peice of glass (only $.99 for the whole frame and glass). I used a board of leftover purplehart and cut it into peices of about an inch wide. Then I rabbited the inside to house the glass, picture, and cardboard backing. Then I mitered them to match the glass size. With all of that done, I glued the mitered frame together. Then I took the frame and droped it into my newly made spline jig, it cut some splines perfectly and I put in maple inserts to give the peice a nice contrast. To put the back in place I put glasure points in, they hold the back in by diging into the side of the frame and holding the cardboard back in place, they are traditionaly used for windows but they make great picture frame hold downs. I finished the peice with tung oil although it is not pure tung oil it is actually a mixture of tung oil and varnish made by Formby’s. I don’t have a clue why they did this. I would have been happy with jsut tung oil. It turned out pretty nicely. It is a piece that will not only catch your eye for the beauty of the frame but also for the picture that is in it. This is a great project for anyone that wants to do something simple and elegent. Please send me a message if you would like the demensions or for the “plans” so to speak, although they arn’t really plans just some toughts on how to do this project.

-- Tyler, Illinois





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teenagewoodworker

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#1 posted 2320 days ago

cool. i like the look of the purpleheart. great job on the splines too. great job.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 2320 days ago

Very nice frame. The maple splines add a nice accent to the frame as well.

Good job.

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

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RAH

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#3 posted 2320 days ago

Nice job on the frame, Tung Oil is a good choice. I have worked with Purple heart a couple times it is a hard wood, solid.

-- Ron Central, CA

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Bill Butler

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#4 posted 2320 days ago

Splines look really precise, very professional.

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Jim Boehm

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#5 posted 2320 days ago

Very nice frame. I also like the splines. I would like to learn how to do it as I never have. It adds a nice touch to any project. Could you post a video on how you made the spline jig sometime?

-- "Knowledge is King! It is never too late to learn something new." - Jim

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grovemadman

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#6 posted 2320 days ago

Very nice job Tyler! Purpleheart is not an easy wood to work with. Keep up the good work!

-- --Chuck

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cajunpen

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#7 posted 2320 days ago

Tyler you are gaining ability in each project. It’s fun to watch you develop your craft – you are ahead of the curve already, and will only get better – much better. Beautiful frame.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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rikkor

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#8 posted 2320 days ago

Well done young man.

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wwnovice

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#9 posted 2320 days ago

Outstanding job, Tyler – and nice project description. Keep up the good work!

-- John

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SPalm

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#10 posted 2319 days ago

Good Job Sir !!
The Tung oil mixture you used is also a good choice, the blend will seal the wood and last a long time.
Keep it up.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Bradford

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#11 posted 2319 days ago

Very nice project. You are right about what you said. If you keep up the level of efficient learning in woodworking, you’ll become another Sam Maloof or Marc Adams or Norm Abrams.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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itsme_timd

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#12 posted 2319 days ago

Tyler, very nice project – congrats on getting the autograph too, Marks is one of my favorites.

Looks like your skill surpasses your age for sure, keep it up and like others said – you’ll be great one day. We’ll all get to say “I knew him when he was just a young woodshopfreak!” ;-)

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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MsDebbieP

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#13 posted 2319 days ago

a great project for a great keepsake.

I’ve never tried a frame before.. gosh.. I’ve never tried much of anything before ha!! :)
Great job

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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BarryW

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#14 posted 2317 days ago

to heck with the frame!!!....(though I got to admit it’s pretty darn good)...but…YOU”VE GOT AN AUTOGRAPH OF DAVID MARKS!!! cool…......I watch him all the time…I record every show….and wouldn’t miss it.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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Raymond

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#15 posted 2312 days ago

Great job on the frame, I love the spline.

-- Ray

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