|Project by EarlS||posted 11-18-2012 04:16 PM||1020 views||8 times favorited||7 comments|
After endless hours of sketching, drawing, and general design tweaks my Greene & Greene picture frame is complete. First the basics – The print is a Yoshiko Yamamoto block print entitled “Apple Blossoms” and the frame is cherry with walnut plugs and highlights. The pins are maple. The frame is finished with poly-urethane. It measures 13X22.
This was my first attempt at joinery with curves. Initially I had lofty aspirations to make curved half lap joints on the sides but a few attempts showed me my folly. So I made a little white lie by making the top piece 1/4” thicker than the sides. That way I could take the entire cut for the half lap appearance out of the top and avoid cutting the curves out of the sides. It worked so well I used the idea on the bottom as well. The pins were added for function as well as appearance. Now that I had that little problem solved I moved on to the other G&G ideas I wanted to incorporate into the design.
Darrell Peart offered a number of suggestions on the “how to” for these details in his book on Greene & Greene design which I tried out to very nice effect.
The frame turned out very well and now my wife wants me to make a new mirror and a couple of more frames for the powder room. Now that I have the basics worked out I can fine tune some of the proportions. The top rail cloud lift should be 1/4 – 3/8 narrowed to provide a better ratio. Similarly, the lower rail should also have 1/4 – 3/8 cut off the top edge to reduce the clunkly look. All in all, though, a successul piece. Now I just need to speed up the process a bit.
-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"