Just a Little White Lie

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Project by EarlS posted 11-18-2012 04:16 PM 1676 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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"

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#1 posted 11-18-2012 04:20 PM

Great job Earl ,a beautiful frame. It’s an amazing design.

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#2 posted 11-18-2012 04:40 PM

Beautiful work. I need to speed up also, but I have been this speed my entire life.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-18-2012 07:54 PM

A real beauty, love G&G and also have the same book. Great job on this you nailed it!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 11-19-2012 04:06 AM

Almost missed this and that would have been my loss. This is a very nicely done G&G frame! Agree this is a very successful piece and look forward to seeing mor of your work.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 11-19-2012 12:57 PM

Beautiful frame, its going right into my favorites.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#6 posted 11-19-2012 06:28 PM

Picturesque and stunning! I love it.


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#7 posted 11-20-2012 12:35 PM

Really well done, and gr8 wood combos as well.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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