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Project by dlcarver posted 03-30-2008 03:27 AM 1755 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometime ago….(a week or so), I made a comment to Dennis the Teenagewoodworker that it was pretty hard to get those miters for picture frames right on the money sometimes. Well, here is a situation that, after all the hard work I didn’t want to just throw away what I had made so far after so many hours work. I had made my own molding, (no extra) inleted the back to receive glass and,matting,and backing…. the whole works. Much planning and painstaking precision went into it. I made this frame about 24 years ago, when I was still learning. HA, HA !!!! ................ Well, in this project, I wasn’t happy with a couple of the corners, (being a perfect 45 degrees). So in order to camouflage my careless mistake, I carved an oakleaf for each corner, to cover the crack some what. If you look carefully on the corner shot , you can see some of the matting showing through the crack. I’ll bet you didn’t know that ‘till now. You see, you were so interested in the oak leaf, that you didn’t see the crack. That’s a little lesson… ” Not to give up ‘till all is absolutely lost”. Just make sure you don’t make the second MISTAKE.
NOTE: I also painted the picture, cut the matting, and made the molding and the frame, and framed the painting with acid free backing. The picture was an entry for the Pennsylvania Duck Stamp. Needless to say it didn’t win, nor even placed. It is painted with acrylics and gouache. Having done everything to this project I probably have 90 or more hours into it.


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 03-30-2008 03:34 AM

nice project posting. fun and easy to read. not only are you a very good carver, you paint even better !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 03-30-2008 03:37 AM

Nice angled miters. I like the leaf carving idea to cover up the crack. I’ve used many applicates to cover “character marks”. If it looks like it belongs on the project, then it stays. Nice work (even if it was years ago.)

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

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#3 posted 03-30-2008 03:43 AM

Hi Dave,

This is a nice frame. One of the themes that I constantly preach is that there are no mistakes in woodworking. Only opportunities for adding more details. I see nothing here to disagree with that statement. Nice job with the oak leaves.

I also see picture framing as an extension of woodworking. There is a bit of artistry involved in selecting mat colors but as for the rest of the framing process it is pretty analogous to most wood projects.

Thanks for the post. Now I can add framing to your list of talents.

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

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#4 posted 03-30-2008 03:47 AM

wow i didn’t know you were such a great painter as you are a carver. that was a good idea with the oak leaf to cover up the gaps in the miters. thanks for the post.

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#5 posted 03-30-2008 03:58 AM

Hi David;

That is a fantastic painting! No wonder your duck decoys come out so well.

You’re an artist. Of course, I should have realized that. Hey, isn’t that cheating? LOL

A trick I learned many years ago when wall paneling was “in”, was to take a dark marker, matching the panel edge and color the wall at each joint between the panels. This way as expansion and contraction took place, or even boo boo’s, the usually white wall didn’t show.

This same”trick” will help in situations like this where a joint isn’t quite perfect, coloring the back round material similar to the surface material.

Great work David.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 03-30-2008 04:46 AM


I am sorry that I missed the line about painting the picture. I just thought that you simply framed it. Wow. Your artistic talents are almost boundless.

Thanks again for the post.

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

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#7 posted 03-30-2008 07:12 AM

That is one nice looking frame.

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

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 11:09 AM

Nice save. I am impressed that you did the painting, too. You are quite an artist.

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#9 posted 03-30-2008 01:11 PM

LEE, Thanks for the tip…..... that is something I never thought about…. But then that depends on how big the gap is.


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#10 posted 03-30-2008 03:40 PM

amazing. Amazing painting, framing, and “fix it” job that in itself is amazing.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 03-30-2008 03:43 PM

Love the painting and the frame, Dave.

Since I enjoy photography, one of my first forays into woodworking was making frames for some of my photos. I learned pretty fast that making a good picture frame is a lot harder than it looks!

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

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#12 posted 03-30-2008 04:48 PM

Hi Dave

Simply beautiful painting and frame. My Dad always said, “The difference between a good craftsman and a bad one, is that a good one can cover up his mistakes. Thanks for posting

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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