First Project - Picture Frames

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Project by Djstep posted 12-03-2012 02:31 AM 1020 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

New to woodworking, got my table saw last winter and it has been a long time coming for a real project to make it out of the workshop and into the house. Sat on the frame profile for a while, I didn’t want to buy an expensive single purpose type router bit just for a few frames and the few hand-me-down bits I got from my father were not doing it for me either. I settled for a simple profile just using a rabbiting bit that I picked up and I like the results.

Darker of the two is made from red oak and stained with General Finishes Java gel stain. The wife likes the color now, so I stuck with that. It houses a painting from Porvoo, Finland that my wife and I picked up on a cruise last year.

The other is Brazilian Cherry that I picked up from Woodcraft the day I got my table saw. It has some BLO and Shellac on it. This frame holds a painting from Bergen, Norway from the same trip.

I learned a lot with just the simple frames from making the miter jig on the table saw, hand planning/hand tools and finishing. I really enjoy the challenge, even when it gets downright frustrating. Glad I jumped into this hobby…obsession.


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 12-03-2012 02:39 AM

They look fine. As long as you learn on each project then it’s all worth it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-03-2012 03:48 AM

They look great and it reminds me that I need to do a frame as well.

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#3 posted 12-03-2012 03:58 AM

Nice pieces. Simple clean design can be beautiful. As I build more & more frames, I have to keep reminding myself, that my best frames were understated, not too “busy”. Good miters.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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