Picture Frames

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Project by Ken Holt posted 02-18-2013 04:54 AM 1589 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The whole reason I started woodworking, about 9 months ago now, was to make frames out of exotic woods for some of my nature pictures. The frames in the first picture are (l-r) walnut, shedua, and cocobolo. The second picture is a close-up of the walnut and cocobolo. The third picture is bocote, which is an amazing wood. The frames in the fourth picture are zebrawood and spalted ash.

Frames are harder to make than they look. It can be a struggle sometimes to get the 90’s to sit flush. It’s definitely worth it in the end, though.

As always, thanks for looking.

-- Ken from Monterey

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#1 posted 02-18-2013 05:00 AM

Very nice frames, the miters look tight. What did you use for a finish?

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#2 posted 02-18-2013 06:10 AM

Beautiful frames, thanks for sharing. I’m looking to get into this aspect of woodworking, myself. Did you use splines or any other method to strengthen the miter joints? What sort of clamp do you favor for gluing the frames together?

-- Aaron

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#3 posted 02-18-2013 09:29 AM

Frames are much tougher than they appear because perfect 45 degree angles are needed. You did very nice on these.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Ken Holt

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#4 posted 02-18-2013 03:51 PM

Thanks everyone. I used Watco Danish Oil for the walnut, cocobolo, and zebrawood. The shedua I sprayed with Deft gloss wood finish. The bocote needed nothing but a good wax job. And the spalted ash I left untreated.

As for the corners, after gluing them in place, I v-nailed them from the back, and then clamped them overnight in some picture frame clamps that I borrowed from my friend. I’m not sure the brand, but they are pretty effective at getting clean, straight 90’s.

-- Ken from Monterey

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#5 posted 02-20-2013 03:02 PM

They look amazing, great choice of wood and finish. Make the nature pictures more beautiful.

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#6 posted 05-23-2014 12:18 PM

I’ve always planned on doing some picture frames, but the few times I’ve tried the mitres have frustrated me, perhaps I’ll give it another go.

Yours look awesome!

-- @craftcollectif ,,

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#7 posted 08-07-2014 02:36 PM

I love the frame in the last photo (with the photographs) on bottom, great design! These all look amazing, good work!

-- - Montana sucks. Tell your friends.

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