Mahogany Picture Frame

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Project by teenagewoodworker posted 03-18-2008 02:11 AM 1797 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this picture frame for my grandfather who is in the hospital. it is made out of solid mahogany with a pine spline. i finished it with 3 coats of gel polyurethane. i used a piece of Plexiglas instead of glass so there is no chance that it will break if it falls. since the Plexiglas is 1/8” thick i just put a dado in the mahogany with a regular table saw blade on the table saw and made a jig to support the piece while i ran it through on the mitered corner for the 1/8 spline. then i just put the picture and a piece of 1/4” luan in the back and used a couple of wire brads to hold it in. i tried to do a fold up stand for the back but i didn’t have a long enough rivet. while thats the story of my picture frame. overall i think it was a fun project. i was really pressed for time though as i started it yesterday at around 130 pm and gave it too my grandfather at around 1100 am today. i even had to put on a coat of poly at 1100 pm last night.

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#1 posted 03-18-2008 02:24 AM

Looks great! Good job.

-- Eric at

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#2 posted 03-18-2008 02:35 AM

great job. Looks great. Like the spline. Did you make a spline jigs for thus or did you already have one. Also did you get a tablesaw or what. Overall a really good job. Great for the time constraints. Do you have a picture if the back I just wanted to see the brad wire hold Downs I had a lot of trouble figureing out how to attach the back.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#3 posted 03-18-2008 03:07 AM

That is a nice frame. And I like the use of the splines as well. I am sure that your grandfather appreciated the gift.

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

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#4 posted 03-18-2008 05:42 AM

Really nice looking frame. I like the splines. I really enjoy seeing your work and Tyler’s work. You guys are very impressive. You both seem wise beyond your years. Keep up the good work – you are the future of the craft.

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

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#5 posted 03-18-2008 07:08 AM

Great frame. I think that splines are the best way to treat corners.

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

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#6 posted 03-18-2008 08:20 AM

Nice frame Lad! I’m sure your grandfather will be proud of you and pleased with his new gift. Good choice of wood for a B&W picture.

-- --Chuck

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#7 posted 03-18-2008 01:13 PM

awesome gift

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 03-18-2008 01:23 PM

very nice frame. It’s hard to get those miters just perfect. I look to see you as the next Norm Abrams with your own TV program.

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#9 posted 03-18-2008 01:49 PM

Nice looking picture frame like the spline

-- A. Molloy

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#10 posted 05-15-2008 04:06 AM

Very nice picture frame.

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#11 posted 01-17-2010 07:10 PM

slick little frame there, just a tip if u use nonglare acrylic the pic will show through even when light shines on it. still it woun’t break if it’s droped god forbid.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#12 posted 01-17-2010 07:13 PM

In just 670 days- from picture frames to serpentine front and pie crust tables. Amazing!!!!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 01-17-2010 07:55 PM

a picture frame with terrible miters i might add… haha :)

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