College diploma frames

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Project by DouginVa posted 04-13-2014 05:29 PM 2172 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

By far the most expensive (woodworking) project I’ve ever undertaken. Two college diplomas (frames) for my daughter. The wood was dirt cheap. Left overs from precious projects. Took almost 5 years to complete! By now I hope you’ve figured out I’m talking about her education, not the diploma frame.

She wanted a traditional dark wood look and I wanted to put my hand tool skills to the test. So I decided to square up and dimension the pieces by hand. I started to use my recently acquired Stanley #55 plane….but theres a big learning curve associated with that plane so I put it back in it’s box for now. Maybe on a future project. The profiles were cut on the router table. In the past I often complained that photos of the finished frames don’t show with great clarity the profile of the frame pieces. I realized after the fact that I should have included a pic of the cross section of the frames so viewers can see the profile more clearly and give others ideas so I managed to get one in.

For wood I chose walnut and lyptus. Walnut can be tricky to work with when it comes to moulding an detail work becuase the wood is heavily figured. The lyptus is a beautiful wood and easier to work when making profiles. The lyptus has a very dark, almost ebony stain. Both are finished with Tried & Ture Oil/Varnish.

I also own a matt cutter so I did the matts and mounting of the diplomas in the school colors of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va..

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#1 posted 04-14-2014 02:35 PM

Congrats on the Grad and the frames. Good kids …..good parents…..........;-j.

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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