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Project by Dave Owen posted 02-19-2012 09:34 PM 1150 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since making my psaltery several years ago, I’ve not had a good place to keep it. After making some eighteen quilt squares, I decided to make a pair of frames – one for two of the quilt squares, and the other for the psaltery and its bow.

The frames are mahogany, and each is about 14-1/2” x 28-1/4” x 2-1/2” deep. The back is 1/2” plywood, covered with a fine textured, black canvas. I used 3M Super 77 spray adhesive, rolling the canvas down tight as you would for plastic laminate.

The two quilt squares are ‘floated’ on a 4” x 4” piece of 3/4” MDF – glued first to the back of the quilt squares, and then screwed to the back board. The view taken from the side shows that the faces of the squares are about flush with the face of the frames.

To keep the psaltery secure, yet removable, I countersunk two 3/8” rare earth magnets and matching cups into the maple tuning pin block. Installed on the inside back are two steel ‘connector’ bolts in alignment with the magnets to keep it from falling out. A thin mahogany shelf takes the weight of the psaltery. The large end of the bow is held in place in a similar fashion with a pair of magnets.

Each of the frames are held in place on the wall by heavy-duty picture hangers – one for the quilt squares, and three (one upper and two lower) for the one containing the psaltery.

The final two photos are close-ups of the upper and lower square, and the color on those is much more true than the earlier photos.

-- Dave O.

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#1 posted 02-19-2012 09:50 PM

I like how your releived the edges or the wood shapes. I like that look. I must give that a try on my next box.
Thanks for sharing!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 02-19-2012 10:00 PM

Great idea with the rare earth magnets. Had not thought to use them in that way! Your frames came out great.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#3 posted 02-19-2012 10:16 PM

Really sharp, I like all of them

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 02-19-2012 10:50 PM

Very nice frames good job.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 02-20-2012 02:02 AM

Very nice. I like the qulit block patterns.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#6 posted 02-20-2012 05:24 AM

beautiful, dave you are always making these great projects and now i see your playing instrument has a new home, i will always remember you playing it for me and susan when you were here..what fun that was,,,hope your well and enjoying making the saw dust…bob

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 02-20-2012 05:50 AM

A very nice group. Love the colors and the patterns.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#8 posted 02-20-2012 12:58 PM

really neat. gr8 patterns, and colors. very nicely done. looks awesome

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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