Picture Frames

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 641 days ago 1129 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first one is and 8×10 frame of my paternal grand parents with my dad and my aunt —-taken in 1923. It is for my younger sister. It is a picture I took of the actual picture that my older sister has.. It is a red oak frame with a glass insert. The next one shows the three frames I made. Each one has two steps routed in the back. One is for the glass, the photo and a piece of cardboard. The outer step if for the wood strips I cut to hold all this stuff in. I mitered them to fit the opening and then drilled some .055 holes at an angle for small nails to secure them.
The next frame is a round white oak frame for my wife’s latest stained glass project. It was made from 6 segments and after I got done ,the cross section was pretty small and I thought the joints might be weak, so I milled in small key slots and installed walnut keys across the joints to reinforce them. The raw wood photos show the front and back of that round frame after the keys were glued in. The glass piece is to be held in with caulking which I have yet to do

Two were stained with Zar 120 stain and I used Michaels Cherry on the round one and one of the rectangular ones.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#1 posted 641 days ago

Those are really nice Jim. Thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 641 days ago

really cool workmanship this is very close to my heart as an artist well done. Alistair

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#3 posted 641 days ago

Very nice Jim!
Cool Picture Too….
Is there anything you can’t make?

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#4 posted 641 days ago

These look great! I love seeing other’s work to learn more!

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#5 posted 641 days ago

This looks great Jim, really like the Oak. Thanks for sharing!

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#6 posted 641 days ago

They look really nice Jim, thanks for sharing

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#7 posted 641 days ago

Nice work as usual…

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#8 posted 641 days ago

All very nicely done Jim. I really like your wife’s stained glass art also. The frame and the art compliment each other.

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

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#9 posted 641 days ago

Nice work again Jim, hey , the Misses anin’t too bad with her contribution either :))

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#10 posted 641 days ago

frames are fun

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#11 posted 641 days ago

Good looking frames.
Did you mill the material or buy it?

I like the round one the most.

I have been know to make a frame or two but never a round one.
Instead of cardboard as a backer, you should try archival, acid free backer board.
This will not harm the photo as regular cardboard will. Just a suggestion!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 641 days ago

Hi oldnovice. I made the frames from oak boards. I ran the inside details through the router table before mitering them. Then I assembled the frames and sanded them to make sure there were no high spots and I ran the total perimeter through the router table to finish the outside detail.

On the round one, I cut out the circle shape and did all the routing once it was a circle. I put in the keys once I had the inside cut, but not routed. I did not want to stress the joints on the router table with out those keys in there.

I’ll have to look into that backer board. Where would I find it? Does it come in colors like black?
thanks, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#13 posted 641 days ago

awesome work jim

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#14 posted 641 days ago

Like your work. Jobs well done.

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#15 posted 641 days ago

Well done as usual Jim, I wonder if members realise the work involved in the round one, definitely not a ten minute job!

-- Harry, Western Australia

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