Large Carved Frame #5: Final Clever Detail

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Blog entry by Rex B posted 08-20-2013 07:10 PM 2203 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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The last thing to do for this frame was to figure out how it would hang on the wall. I noticed that it was the right size to take advantage of standard 32” stud spacing. I came up with an easy way to make pockets for screw heads without a keyhole router bit.

This simply involves drilling a shallow hole with a forstner bit then plugging it with a reverse-counterbored chunk of wood. And it made hanging the frame really easy; all I had to do was put two screws in the studs 32” apart and make sure they were level.

To finish the frame, my wife wanted a distressed look, so we began by staining it dark brown. After drying for about a week, we painted it white, then scuffed up the paint in places to reveal the dark wood beneath.

Whoops, just realized I never took any finished shots of the frame. I’ll be back to add some later, and do a project posting. Thanks for following along!

Edit: Here’s a final shot. You can see where we scuffed up the paint to make it look old. Turned out pretty well.

The project posting can be found here.

-- Rex

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#1 posted 08-21-2013 05:06 PM

Very nice frame. The menu looks great too! For hangers I usually drill a counter bore a hole and epoxy a steel washer into rabbet. It hangs great on a screw head. Very similar to your solution!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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