Cherry and Maple Picture Frame

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Project by sjbSAE posted 05-12-2013 08:14 AM 1708 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First time poster, long time forum stalker. This is the first thing that I’ve put together that I felt was worth sharing. My wife and I are expecting our first child in early September. I put this frame together as a Mother’s Day gift to house ultrasound pictures and future baby pictures. It’s an 8×10, maybe I’ll mat it down to a 5×7 later. The guts of the frame (glass, backing etc) will be taken out of an old store bought frame…this was a last minute idea and I didn’t have time to by much for supplies. The cherry is some left over stock from the crib that I am “attempting” to build. I’ll remove the attempting when I have something that looks more like a baby cage than a pile of sticks. The maple inlay is from some left over stock from my Woodgears tilting router lift build. I bought the maple from Lowe’s or Home Depot (I don’t remember) and it actually had some really nice bird’s-eye grain to it. I cut ~1/8” veneer off one of the boards using my fancy new Grr-Ripper and DIY table saw fence inspired by Hutch. Miters were all cut using a ghetto picture frame sled that I build out of a piece of particle board shelving and some more scrap cherry – you can see the sled in the glue up picture. Note to anyone doing this – figure out how you are going to clamp it up before you apply glue…I’m a hack. Moldings/inlay grooves were all cut on my router table. I had a couple of screw ups. One big – the others not so big. You can see a diagonal line along one of the longer sides. I cut 3 short sides on accident and had to glue it back up so that I wouldn’t have to convert to a 5×7 frame. I guess I missed the “measure twice, cut once” class. It doesn’t look terrible, lesson learned I guess. One of the corners is a little rounded over due to some overzealous sanding. There is also a little bit of tear out on the rabbet that accepts the glass. It isn’t finished yet, the way you see it in the picture is just wiped w/ some mineral spirits to get the dust of and to see what the grain looks like. Please feel free to comment w/ any suggestions for next time – I’m still new to this. Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 05-12-2013 09:46 AM

Really nice looking frame… I have been planning to try a few of these for a while now.

If you don’t have any parallel bar clamps, you could easily put together some 90 corner supports using some scrap 1/2” plywood to help with clamping. I was at Lowe’s a few months back and picked up a Bessey band clamp, so I suspect I will be using that when the time comes to glue the sides up on the jewelry box I am working on for my little girl. I don’t have any parallel bar clamps…

This looks really sharp man, so you should be proud of that. I’m a beginner as well… you picked a great spot to post photos and ask for guidance. If you are anything like me (being a recovering perfectionist), you get version one done and then immediately start on version 2, as you learned a few valuable lessons from version one… :)

What are your thoughts on finishing it?

And, congrats on the new forthcoming little person!!!

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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#2 posted 05-13-2013 12:58 AM

Thanks for the comments. I actually do have a couple of Bessey parallel clamps, but they are 50” monsters. They seemed a bit overkill. I think a clamping jig is in my near future. Version 2 and 3 will be frames for the grandma’s to be as a belated Mother’s Day gift.

As of right now it has two coats of homemade Danish oil on it. Looks about the same as in the picture I posted. I’ll probably do another coat and maybe finish it off with some paste wax. I’ll put up another picture when I’m finished finishing.

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 03:18 AM

Nice frame. After trying every clamping technique possible, I get the best results clamping one corner at a time, using simple hand pressure. Screwed a scrap with square corners to a base & apply hand pressure against the square & down tight to the base for a few minutes. Usually put light clamp on each side to keep it flat against the base for about 30 minutes.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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