Fancy Joinery Picture Frame

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Project by bobasaurus posted 03-05-2013 02:44 AM 6466 views 51 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this frame by copying Eric’s great design on his project:

The joints are mostly hand cut, with a little cheating on the lap dados and some details with the bandsaw/tablesaw. They are essentially lap joints with extra corner pieces, and they are much more difficult to make than I would have thought. Lots of tiny right angles that have to look square and perfect. Rounding the edges to show the joint looks neat, and helps to hide a few small mistakes.

The wood is curly maple (from Lowes of all places… you just get lucky sometimes), finished with Waterlox Original. There is a dado on the back made to accept a glass pane and the rest of the picture stuff. I gave this to my coworker as thanks for taking some pictures of my other projects (he is a much better photographer than I am).

More pictures with a build log:

-- Allen, Colorado

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#1 posted 03-05-2013 02:49 AM

Wow this is an amazing frame great job.

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#2 posted 03-05-2013 03:33 AM

Very nicely done! I’m definitely “favoriting” this.

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#3 posted 03-05-2013 03:34 AM

I like that a lot! Cool joint!

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#4 posted 03-05-2013 04:24 AM

A most awesome lap joint. It sorta reminds me of a southwest design….Very nice…!

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#5 posted 03-05-2013 04:45 AM

I love the wood choice bet it looks even better in person!!!!

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#6 posted 03-05-2013 05:12 AM

Your Lowes carries maple? All we get up here in the way of hardwoods is red oak and poplar.

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#7 posted 03-05-2013 10:59 AM

Beautiful work! I am NOT going to try this.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#8 posted 03-05-2013 01:34 PM

Very cool. Nice cuts.

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

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#9 posted 03-05-2013 02:24 PM

really nice! Wont find a frame like this at the store!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#10 posted 03-05-2013 06:25 PM

Well done!

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#11 posted 03-05-2013 06:27 PM

That’s a nice frame and interesting joint.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 03-05-2013 09:37 PM

This is really cool. Nice job!

-- Kyle

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#13 posted 03-06-2013 01:52 AM

“much more difficult than I would have thought” I’ll bet that is an understatement! But you hung in there and they turned out super!. I never thought I would see curly maple and Lowes in the same sentence! I’ll promise you that doesn’t happen in Tulsa.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 03-06-2013 02:09 AM

Beautiful work Bob and thxs for the great workflow images you added > for anyone with the patience to try this!

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#15 posted 03-06-2013 03:14 AM


This frame is incredible! We’d hate to think what you’d have to charge for it—way beyond our budget . . . or our abilities.


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