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Project by iamcliff posted 685 days ago 1565 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was hesitant about posting this, but I thought it would be good to look back on to see where I started.

The joints are half-lap. I hand cut them with a cheap Stanley backsaw like the ones that come with miter boxes. I wanted to do something that would help build skill with a saw. I also didn’t do the traditional 45 degree joints on my chop saw because I didn’t think I would be able to hold the joints together for the glue to dry since I don’t have a band clamp or anything like that.

I finished them both with 3 coats of boiled linseed oil followed by an application of paste wax. It was also my first experience finishing anything.

Both pieces are from the same trash pile and both the same kind of wood (southern yellow pine, I believe), but the one with gray streaks had some kind of fungus or something. The oil and wax really made the grain pop out and it’s crazy how different it looks than before sanding and finishing.

I had a blast making these even though it is something simple.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9





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dust4tears

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#1 posted 685 days ago

Cool frames!

-- Ride hard or go home~

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Dallas

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#2 posted 685 days ago

Well, Now…. That’s finer than a frog hair split three ways!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 685 days ago

Hand cut half lap joints. That wasn’t easy! And they turned out well.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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PC24omni

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#4 posted 685 days ago

I’ve made many of the same, different method but the end result being the same. But, what I also do to add dimension plus holding power, plus some old time look, I drill a mortise at each corner, put in a different type wood in the mortise. There is an amazing difference. Try it…..you’ll see. It looks much richer.

-- Marty - Verona, Va.

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albachippie

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#5 posted 685 days ago

These are great. Definitely worth sharing. Thanks for posting.

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garry-Macdonald-Woodwork/425518554215355?ref=hl

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Jetdok

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#6 posted 685 days ago

Very cool, love the grain!

-- Chris, Fl.

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#7 posted 685 days ago

Nice work, well done!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 684 days ago

Looks great. Thanks for sharing

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#9 posted 684 days ago

That was a good find on the wood – especially the colorful version! You can be very creative with clamps for something like a picture frame where there will not be tremendous pressure on the joint – rubber bands, binder clips, masking tape, lots of things. I would not recommend using them for a chair or anything, but for a picture frame they would serve you well!

And do not be hesitant to post a project, however small it seems to you. Firstly, one project here often inspires another for other members. Another big reason is the one you mentioned – it is a record of your work that you can look back on. I know there were a lot of things I built and gave away, never having taken pictures of them. I sure wish now I had a record of what I did.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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PC24omni

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#10 posted 684 days ago

Nice looking project frames. Here’s a type I make, similar only tongue and groove with mortise. I use old barn, fence wood, anything aged and old in appearance. The mortise and square tennon at each cornergives them a nice touch, (through my eyes).

-- Marty - Verona, Va.

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PC24omni

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#11 posted 684 days ago

-- Marty - Verona, Va.

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iamcliff

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#12 posted 684 days ago

Thank you all for the encouragement.

Kookaburra: Thanks for the tips! I’m actually making another frame with normal 45 degree corners and I’m using blue tape. I got the idea from AngieO, another LJ. It works well enough and it is just for a frame like you said so it should be OK.

PC24omni: Sweet frame! I love the square pegs, too. Nice little Greene & Greene flavor. Thanks for sharing your work.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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NormG

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#13 posted 684 days ago

great job, love the pins

-- Norman

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#14 posted 684 days ago

Nice work on the frames chris. If you cut those half laps with just a wee bit of a back bevel your joints will tighten up nice under clamping pressure and leave a little pocket for glue. Well done hand cuttin those bad boys.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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jtworkshop

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#15 posted 683 days ago

you’re way ahead of me, i don’t even know what a half lap joint means. I like these, and like another person wrote, there’s always something in a project that will inspire or encourage other members.

I use raw linseed oil alot on projects, especially easy to use for frames. While it may dry a little slower, there are zero chemicals in it. Jamestown Distributers has an online site that sells it if interested.

Good luck with your next projects

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