Port Hole Picture Frames

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Project by rwingnut posted 03-02-2014 02:53 PM 1114 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a new baby on the way and we did her room in a sea life / nautical theme. A local artist, Hauie Hayes painted some round canvases with undersea scenes. I made some picture frames that look like port holes.

They are made from poplar with biscuit joints. I used a strap clamp to assemble them. Rough cut basic shape with a band saw. Used carpet tape to attache it my work table, then used a circle jig with my router to finish the shape. The pictures with the little clamps were for fixing some tear-out during the routing process. I used hole button plugs for the rivet heads.

I had starting looking at different gilding process for finishing them, but that was starting to look complicated. A friend suggested gold rustoleum spray paint in a rattle can and said he had had good luck with it. I usually have low expectations of anything that comes out of a rattle can, but this actually turned out really nice.

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#1 posted 03-02-2014 03:21 PM

Wonderfull idea! Nicely done.

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#2 posted 03-02-2014 04:42 PM

Those are really nice.

I like’em.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#3 posted 03-02-2014 05:20 PM

Thanks for posting I had been looking for something unique to do with our nautical themed bedroom, this fits the bill.

Excellent work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 03-02-2014 05:39 PM

Looks great!

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#5 posted 03-03-2014 03:04 PM

Very nice. Something else to add to my project list.

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#6 posted 03-07-2014 03:31 PM

Fantastic frames, perfect for the beautiful artwork. Great job!

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#7 posted 03-07-2014 05:22 PM

Thanks everyone for all the nice comments.

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