|Project by William||posted 12-27-2012 01:02 AM||1325 views||0 times favorited||28 comments|
This was the last of my wife’s Christmas presents. I built a coffee table some time ago for my Mom. It had a top with a coastal scene under glass. You can see more about it here. My wife loved the top for that table. However, one of the disadvantages to having seven sons is that a coffee table always ends up broken or causing someone to get hurt. So we don’t keep a coffee table in our living room. I used the pattern for that coffee table top though to make a wall hanging for my wife.
Before I go any further, you can purchase the plans for the coffee table, which has the artwork in this project, here.
The first four photos show different photos I took of the finished project. I must say that the most nerveracking part of this project, to me, was getting a 20×40” sheet of plate glass home, and into the frame, without breaking it.
The fifth photo shows the frame with the art work in it, with no glass, so you can see it a little better.
The last photo shows the corner of the frame so you can see how I built it. It is two inch wide finger jointed oak with mahogany overlay that is one inch thick. I could have gotten by with a thinner frame, but I was going for a shadowbox look.
The coastal scene that makes up the art work is built up in layers to give it a three dimensional look. It has various species of wood in it. I used cottonwood, pine, mahogany, box elder, oak, walnut and sweetgum. Then, as I said earlier, the frame is made of oak and mahogany.
The art work is finished with a single coat of Minwax gloss polyurethane. The frame is finished with two coats of the same polyurethane and two coats of Johnson’s Paste Wax on top of that.
To make the portrait part of this project, it is built up in five layers.
1st layer, the backer board.