Easel Frames

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Project by JeanValjean posted 12-05-2012 01:27 AM 1295 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Second round of Christmas gifts here…
I was able to get my dad out into the shop with me to make several easel frames as Christmas gifts.
Woods used were Zebrano and Wenge in one batch of frames, which once finished has a very rich look and feel. The other batch are Makore and Quarter Sawn White Oak.
As you can see from the pix our family lost a valued member this year and several of the frames were for his mother and siblings to serve as somewhat of a memorial.
I had small maple blanks laser engraved with his name and dates.
Working with the Wenge was a real challenge…...It is an excellent wood for dulling up all of your tools…...and even better for giving you the deepest splinters you have ever had!!!
But the contrast and the final effect are visually stunning.
Finish is one coat of lacquer sanding sealer, buffed lightly with grey Scotchbrite, followed by two coats of semi-gloss lacquer.
I made no less than four separate jigs to insure the assembly process went flawlessly and that each frame from the two separate batches was identical in every way.

-- Semper Fi

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#1 posted 12-05-2012 01:37 AM

very beautiful work, and sorry for your family loss, its good to see your work again, always some really nice work…grizz

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#2 posted 12-05-2012 02:03 AM

Beautiful work. A lot to see in one posting!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-05-2012 02:17 AM

Very nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 12-05-2012 04:44 AM

Very attractive work. I like the easels. They add a distinctive touch.

-- 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 12-05-2012 05:25 AM

Man, those frames are classy. The easels do make them something special….......................

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 12-05-2012 02:54 PM

Love the contrasting stains and miter work. Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 12-05-2012 02:59 PM

Great looking frames.Really like the wenge frames,having worked with it myself I know what a pain it is.Nice Job

-- Mike Wix

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#8 posted 12-05-2012 10:15 PM

Capturing the essence of special moments through these pretty frames! Well done.

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#9 posted 12-06-2012 12:30 AM

Stunning frames with the contrasts. Yet another project I would like to get to.

BTW – I also like your homemade spray rack. It looks sucspiciously like a clothes/hanger rack. Definitely gonna steal that idea.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#10 posted 03-10-2014 11:49 PM

Absolutely beautiful frames. Well done. I have Woodsmith plans for similar frames, but haven’t gotten around to them yet. Nice work. Sorry for your loss.

-- Steve - Seaford, DE

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