First Frame

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Project by paulcanbuildthat posted 406 days ago 705 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the first frames I built. For this particular one, I found a nice “ivy” motif trim piece at the local home improvement store.

The second photo is a close-up of the actual trim piece already attached to the underlying poplar board. In order to increase the strength of the frame, I added biscuits to the mitered corners. The third picture shows the biscuits already cut into the end of the frame pieces.

The fourth and fifth photos show the frame details after staining. I used a nice walnut stain and applied polyurethane to the result for a fairly shiny finish.

I was very happy with the results…

Thanks for looking!

-- Paul, amateur woodworker,

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 406 days ago

Great frame, Paul and I love the matting!! It is very attractive!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 406 days ago

Very nice frame Paul….the Ivy motif gives it a classy look….all round great job…thumbs up.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#3 posted 406 days ago

Great frame. What are the dimensions of the poplar board and did you do a roundover bit on the edges?

-- Jason, Michigan

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#4 posted 405 days ago

Thanks for the kudos, guys!

Jason, the poplar is 1×3 with the trim pretty much centered in it. I didn’t roundover the edges, but chamfered the outside. You can kind of see it in the profile in the 3rd pic (large version).

-- Paul, amateur woodworker,

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#5 posted 405 days ago

Wonderful frame! Like the design, very pretty ivy trim and the stain and finish gave an elegant look. Great job!

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