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Kenny Dunn

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02-03-2013 03:18 PM

I am a professional photographer ( who also makes a bit of sawdust. I have a show coming up fast and was wanting some new ideas for frames that folks have done that might inspire. I have a pretty well equipped (but small) shop and intermediate skill level. Most of the pics will be pretty large, 40×32. Ideas?

-- I saw an angel in the marble and I carved until I set him free-Michelangelo

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#1 posted 02-04-2013 01:56 AM

These are some quick and dirty ones. I’ve built variations of a couple with a satisfied spouse result.

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Kenny Dunn

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#2 posted 02-04-2013 03:09 PM

Thanks Roger, some nice ideas in there!

-- I saw an angel in the marble and I carved until I set him free-Michelangelo

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#3 posted 02-04-2013 03:17 PM

Inspiration abounds….check the projects section for a tag of “picture frame”

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#5 posted 02-04-2013 03:29 PM

Have you made frames before?

I only ask because I am a fairly serious amateur photographer, and have made a few frames for my photos. The bottom line for me is that frames are too labor-intensive. It seems like a no-brainer for a woodworking photographer to make his own frames. But by the time I look at the time and expense involved, and a result that looks no better and isn’t any cheaper than something I could have purchased commercially, I find that I’d rather spend my woodworking time on more satisfying projects.

Of course, your experience may be different. That’s just my two cents.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 02-04-2013 11:00 PM

I don’t know if this helps or not but this guy shows a really neat clamping method:

I really like the guy’s style. Reminds me a bit of Mr. Wizard. “Sometimes the old way is the best way.” :-) Where have guys like this gone in our society?

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#7 posted 02-04-2013 11:13 PM

A user posted a very well done tutorial on making a picture frame on another wood working

He uses maple and walnut to produce a nice frame with contrasting wood and splines.

Guess its ok to post the link.
Highly recommend it !

Making a Picture Frame a tutorial

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#8 posted 02-09-2013 06:36 PM

Here is a mirror frame I recently made from red oak. Corners are half lap and then I applied a small square of 3/16” thick wood at each corner to add some interest. Pretty basic but I thought it turned out pretty good.

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#9 posted 02-09-2013 08:04 PM

Woops. Guess I didn’t understand the adding a photo issue. Here’s the photo of the mirror.

I guess from the size of the image as it was inserted, I still don’t understand the process very well, but you can get the idea.

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#10 posted 02-09-2013 09:06 PM

Check out my projects. Several examples.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#11 posted 02-09-2013 10:09 PM

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#12 posted 12-13-2013 02:13 AM

A great way to search LJ for a specific set images like the above suggestions is to use google in the format below: picture frames

That’s a space between ….. “com” and “picture frames” then just use the “IMAGES” on the menu bar.. VOILA! all the frames are pictured. It may not be ALL of them, but plenty to study for ideas.

peace, T

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#13 posted 12-13-2013 02:19 AM

I’m pretty fond of this frame I made:

It is a giant pain to cut the joints and round the corners, though.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#14 posted 12-13-2013 02:34 AM

Bobasaurus, that is a giant cool joint! Sort of an offshoot of the G&G cloud lift. I like it, especially that curly maple. Yum!.

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