|Project by Rickterscale||posted 02-09-2012 10:52 PM||1200 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
For a few years I’ve had this poster commemorating UCLA’s last defeat of USC in football. (It’s especially sentimental since, the way things have been going, it’ll likely never happen again.) I finally came with the perfect idea for a frame when I saw the mosaic tile frame by fellow LJ Plantek (see http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57834). I had a bunch of mahogany plywood left over from past projects, and thought that with beveled edges the contrast between the veneer and the lighter plywood would create a cool brick and mortar look. Plus, it’s reminiscent of the beautiful red brick buildings all over UCLA’s campus.
Instead of tiling ¼” thick pieces of hardwood over a substrate as done by Plantek (I think) and the original project in Popular Woodworking (Oct 2010), I edge glued the ¾” thick plywood pieces together. I cut a piece of particleboard to the size of the opening of the frame, drilled a bunch of holes for clamps, and used that to glue up the frame in sections. I glued it up over my granite countertop to make sure everything is perfectly flat (theoretically). End result is a perfectly square frame. There was a little flex in the frame when grabbing opposing corners and twisting, so I glued some maple veneer onto the back. That firmed it up quite a bit. I also had some ¼” thick strips of African mahogany hardwood from past projects, and used that to cover up the sides of the plywood.
Sometimes one of the more satisfying parts of a project is a good save. (I always seem to make at least one or two bonehead mistakes that need fixing.) When gluing up the frame, apparently I failed to ensure that one of the pieces was flat on the granite, and therefore it sat a little proud of the surrounding pieces. I took a random orbit sander to sand the whole frame down (that in itself was probably a bad idea) and sanded right through the veneer on one corner of one of the center pieces. To fix it, I sliced the veneer off a corner from an extra piece, glued it on, and then sanded it back down flush with the rest of the veneer. See the last two photos for before and after pics. Can’t see the line, can you Russ?