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These poor paintings were just hanging on the wall and suffering from my poor attempt at carpentry a couple of years ago. I had to do something about it.
The frames are curly maple dyed with antique maple tint. I used water to mix the dye. Even though I raised the grain and sanded carefully, I think I should have raised it twice. I got some more raised grain when I applied the dye.
I hand rubbed three coats of tung oil then added three coats of General finishes, Arm-R-Seal Oil and Urethane topcoat which is a De-waxed Shellac. Did I get that right A1Jim? Jim taught me a little lesson today which is all good. I’m a little more savy than I was this morning.
This was my first dye job. I was going to attempt to just use tung oil without the expensive dye. I heard that the tung oil will just muddy up the wood. It had to be dyed before adding the tung oil or I would have lost that famous Curly Maple movement.
These are also the first frames I have ever cut exclusively on the table saw. The miters were done on a 45 degree sled. I tell you what I wish I had. A nice dado stack would be just an awesome Christmas gift. Since I don’t have a stack. I made 5 passes with a full kerf blade and nibbled a little off at a time to create the recess. Help me out again please. Is that called a rabbit cut?
Now I may sound like a clumsy oaf but I want to show you what passed for my woodworking skill 2 years ago. Don’t laugh too hard.
The paintings I did 2 years ago as I tried to capture a Navajo feel.
The Turquoise striped painting on the left was inspired by a blanket I saw.
The one in the center was inspired by some pottery Martha and I picked up in Santa Fe New Mexico. What we think is awesome about the pottery is that the artisan continued the pattern to the bottom. Instead of seeing rings around the pottery, you see circles that close in on the center. I thought that was the coolest – SO – I scammed it.
The one on the right is questionable. It is supposed to be a painting of a Navajo rug pattern. I’m not sure if that is a true Navajo design or what inspired me was tourist art. Oh well – I liked the pattern.
Blanket, Pottery, Rug. Missing is a sand art impression. Maybe one day.
Thanks for looking and thanks for teaching me how to build and use a miter sled. I also thank you for the tips on dying maple.
-- Thanks for all the lessons!