79- Nicole's Picture Frame

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 2022 days ago 2527 reads 10 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 4 days before Christmas, I started making a nice little picture frame for a custom piece of art I had made up for Nicole. A gift for a special girl requires some special wood. So I pulled out my best sheets of curly maple veneer and a couple of sheets of home-sawn afzelia wood (thanks for link Logan!) that I received from David Marks. You may find it odd that I decided to use solid maple as the substrate for the frame. I thought this would be a fun experiment, and when the rabbets are cut in the back, there won’t be any unsightly ply to look at (not that it matters that much). Small projects like this are just a great place to experiment with techniques and materials you might not normally use. All the extra effort pays off in the end when the finish hits the wood. KABLAM!!!! The wood just comes to life!

Thanks for watching.

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#2 posted 2022 days ago

This is a nice post, Marc. You put together a pretty good tutorial on the design and construction of the frame. You chose a nice selection of woods as well. Thanks for the info.

I would like to offer you one suggestion on the artwork. It is a good idea to put a mat between the artwork and plastic/glass to create some separation between the two. Over time the artwork can bond to the to the plastic unless they are separated.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 2022 days ago

Nice post!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#4 posted 2022 days ago

Thanks, Mark … nice tutorial and beautiful veneer!

-- Jeremy, Bradenton, Florida

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#5 posted 2022 days ago

Very nice Marc…I always enjoy seeing your projects and methods.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#6 posted 2022 days ago

Mark a great gift for your wife. I like putting veneer on solid wood. It make it feel more like working with wood than plywood. A great looking job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#7 posted 2022 days ago

that was an awesome video…nice looking tools/shop…

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#8 posted 2021 days ago

Absolutely Beautiful, Marc…We all know Nicloe Loved It…

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#9 posted 2021 days ago

Thanks for the informative video. I’m surre Nicole liked the frame and picture.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#10 posted 2021 days ago

Great posting, woodwhisperer. Very informative.

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#11 posted 2021 days ago

Mark, I have never had much interest in using veneer before but I think you have opened my eyes to the possibilities. Thanks again… Frank

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#12 posted 2021 days ago

Nice. Of course I am gonna have to quote this line…
(snip)”a special girl requires some special wood. So I pulled out my best”(snip)

Definitely signature line material there :)

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#13 posted 2021 days ago

I really liked that frame! Good post.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#14 posted 2021 days ago

Thanks for the great comments everyone. Just a heads up. Someone wrote me recently and mentioned that using ply as a backer might not be a great idea for certain original art. So the recommendation was to use acid-free materials for this purpose. Fortunately my work is a print from a digital copy, so I am not too concerned about it. But I just wanted to make sure everyone knows to keep the acid issue in mind. Clearly, I have little to no experience framing things. lol

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#15 posted 2020 days ago


You just had to go there with WoW didn’t you?

That’s Great… I like it.

Sorry i’ve not been on the Forum lately, I’ve been on WoW and Scrolling some lately so I been keeping busy, and my blog also…


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