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Project by Steve posted 08-17-2012 01:20 PM 1836 views 12 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some 3.5” square photos of me and my dad and I could not find picture frames that size, so I built this gravity defying picture frame. This is my entry in a picture frame contest over at Garage Woodworks. Gluing it up was kind of tricky.

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA - http://www.TheCarmichaelWorkshop.com





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GlennsGrandson

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#1 posted 08-17-2012 01:53 PM

That’s a very cool idea! ....now, how does this work?
Is there a small nail or something on the left side that is snipped off and sharpened? then you could set it down and push that “tack” into the sheetrock?
Also, are you able to change the pictures?

Great imagination, nice work!

-- Grant - S/N Dakota

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jaykaypur

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#2 posted 08-17-2012 07:54 PM

Nice job and a great design.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Steve

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#3 posted 08-17-2012 08:06 PM

Thanks! @GlennsGrandson – It stands on the table on its own without falling over. The pictures can be switched out just like a regular picture frame. The tack idea would work too, but that’s not how I did it. Would you like to guess again? I will post a picture of the back soon. Maybe someone else would like to weigh in on how it keeps from falling over. ;)

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA - http://www.TheCarmichaelWorkshop.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 08-17-2012 08:21 PM

Guess I’d better go vote ;-) My guess is a counter weight.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Steve

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#5 posted 08-17-2012 08:33 PM

Yep, you got it! I used fishing sinkers for the counter weight on the right hand side of the frame.

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA - http://www.TheCarmichaelWorkshop.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 08-17-2012 08:37 PM

Did I win? ;-) Hope you do!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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steamfab

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#7 posted 08-17-2012 09:48 PM

This is a fresh take! You make your dad proud.

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Roger

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#8 posted 08-17-2012 11:50 PM

Very kool. I’ve been thinking of doing some family pics very similar to this. It’s on one o those long long, ta-do lists. Very nicely done. I’ll bet it was a little tricky gluin up

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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madts

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#9 posted 08-18-2012 05:19 AM

Damn: I thought it was magic! Burst my bubble.

Nice job though.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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Steve

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#10 posted 08-18-2012 05:42 AM

I just posted a video of this project here – Gravity Defying Picture Frame Video

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA - http://www.TheCarmichaelWorkshop.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 08-18-2012 05:56 AM

Good video, thanks. I never would have thought of putting the weights in like you did. I expected them to be in the frame. If it works, do it! ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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crashn

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#12 posted 08-18-2012 10:59 AM

that was more weight than i thought would be needed, but nice job!

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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Wdwerker

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#13 posted 08-18-2012 01:02 PM

Great idea! You might want to replace that cardboard used as spacers inside with something non- acid for artwork. The acid in the cardboard might be harmful to your treasured photos
. I have a photo of me and my grandfather holding a cocobolo wooden chain he carved for me, it needs a frame like this.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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Steve

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#14 posted 08-18-2012 04:21 PM

Thanks Wdwerker! Good point about using non-acid spacers. I will have to change those out. I’ll add a note about that in my video description too. I know scrapbookers use non-acid stuff so I’ll look in that dept at the art store.

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA - http://www.TheCarmichaelWorkshop.com

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