Photo Frames For A Friend

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Project by William posted 10-21-2012 10:59 PM 1663 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make something for a friend in response to a very kind gesture he done for me. It took a little bit of prodding to find out what he may like, but I was told he had three wallet sized photos that he may like some frames for. So frames it was.
I couldn’t find any patterns I liked for wallet size photos. So I decided to take patterns for a larger photo and adapt them to the size I needed.

The patterns came from this book by Patrick Speilman and James Riddle.

Then I made overlay pieces and used my palm router to hog out the material on the backside to accomodate the photo and a piece of thin plexi-glass. You can see in the photo how the top is cleaned out all the way up so the photo and plexi-glass can be slid in from the top.

This photo shows how the plexi-glass slides in. If you place the photo behind it, push it far as you can down and then bump it on the table, the photo and plexi-glass fall into place all the way at the bottom of the overlay piece cutout area.

Photo one is of all three frames.
Photos two and three are made of cottonwood with sapelle overlay and are meant to be hung on the wall. The hole near the top is for hinging them.
Photos four, five, and six are of the last one. It is made of sapelle with sapelle overlay. It is meant to sit upright on a desk or shelf. The last two photos show the stand piece that allows it to stay upright.


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#1 posted 10-21-2012 11:31 PM

I would not have guessed the patterns are for larger photos, they look as if the inner smaller frame is just they way they’re designed. It must have been a really nice gesture from your friend to have earned this sort of gratitude. He/She is going to love em!

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#2 posted 10-21-2012 11:47 PM

These are most excellent William….......beautiful wood and great adaption on the design… have a lucky friend!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 10-22-2012 12:25 AM

You are sure to be “frame-ous” for such a wonderful job and meaningful gesture!!!

Nicely done!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 10-22-2012 12:26 AM

Thank you both. Glad ya’ll like them.

Ted, these were actually designed for 4×6 photos. The middle is supposed to be cut and rabbited out for the photo to go in the rear. I just used them and added overlay to sort of reduce the eye focus to the middle, to smaller photos.


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#5 posted 10-22-2012 01:13 AM

Good to see you are out in the shop whipping up projects for your pals. I know you William and that is when you are at your best.
By the way the chair you gave me for my yard is in my living room. The kids love it;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 10-22-2012 01:43 AM

Very nicely done.
I’ve been thinking of making small mirror frame or photo frame from the scraps, and you just tipped me off how to begin with.
Thank you for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 10-22-2012 02:21 AM

That is a cool design and you are a scrollsaw wizard! You even put a pic of a pretty lady in one. Those will be much appreciated by the lucky recipient.

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

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#8 posted 10-22-2012 03:01 AM

Thank you all.

David, those chairs make good game chairs. At least that’s what one of my sons uses his for. It stays parked in his room in front of his playstation and TV. Let me know when they start fighting over it. You buy the material and I’ll make one or each of them.

woodworm, That book is available on Ebay pretty cheap. I see it there all the time. It has about five different photo frame patterns in it. Another good place to check is Steve Goode's site. Go to his catalog and download some of his photo frame designs. If you want one for a larger photo, he has a real cool celtic design there.

gfadvm, I don’t know if I’d say I’m a wizard. There are many who are much better than I. Most people are as a matter of fact. I try hard though. I hope to be able to call myself a scroller one day.


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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#9 posted 10-22-2012 03:07 AM

Cool stuff William, you seem to be scrolling along very well.
I like them a lot.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#10 posted 10-22-2012 04:11 AM

From the quality of the scrolled projects you have posted, you are definately worthy of the title “scroller”. I so pronounce it so it is now official!

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

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#11 posted 10-22-2012 11:19 AM

Thank you Rex. You know I’m happiest when I’m at my scroll saw.

gfadvm, I was kidding. Since I’ve also taught several other people a lot about scrolling and I claim to be able to scroll anything, I’m pretty sure I can officially call myself a scroller.
Also, how can a non-scroller own as many scroll saws as I do? Or I guess a better question would be why would they want to?
I recently built that lamp, so this project was a relief. Anytime I do a project that does not require scrolling, I miss my scroll saw. Everytime I pass by it, I think I can hear it wimper a little because I’m ignoring it.


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#12 posted 10-22-2012 02:58 PM

Really nice, William! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#13 posted 10-22-2012 04:47 PM

Very Nice work, William. I am sure your friend is very pleased.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#14 posted 10-22-2012 05:22 PM

They are very unique and beautifull.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 10-22-2012 05:45 PM

Hello william

This is a very nice collection of photo frames

I like them

A nice idea for gifts

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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