old barn lumber frame

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Blog entry by woodchic posted 04-06-2009 11:03 PM 3304 reads 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a frame that I made of old barn lumber, I believe it is chestnut oak. I plained the gray off with a 13 inch dewalt plainer, squared the inside of the frame and left the outside what it was…........rough! Put my scetch of Chief Wolf Robe in it.

(Cheif Wolfrobe)

-- Robin Renee'

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#1 posted 04-06-2009 11:54 PM

Exceptionally nice work!

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#2 posted 04-07-2009 01:25 AM

Really cool picture frame. I love old wood..lots of character. To prevent your images from being cut off try and keep the width under 480. I usually scale my images down to 640X480.


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#3 posted 04-07-2009 01:46 AM

You kept that original look Woodchic. Great job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 04-07-2009 04:21 AM

Hi Robin

Another very nice piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 04-07-2009 04:28 AM

nice piece i love the look of old barn wood.

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#6 posted 04-07-2009 04:30 AM

Very very nice!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#7 posted 04-07-2009 04:13 PM

Nice frame!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 04-07-2009 04:27 PM

Thank You everyone for your comments…................

-- Robin Renee'

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#9 posted 04-07-2009 05:24 PM

Hi Renee,
The frames are terrific. So unique. It looks like you put a profile on them, that they aren’t totally flat? How did you mill the wood?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#10 posted 04-07-2009 05:50 PM

Thank You Vic….........the wood was old barn lumber and it was gray… I plained it down just enough to get the gray off to expose the true color of the wood. This is two frames put together as one. They used to do that in the old days and I really like doing it that way…...I think it makes for a more interesting frame. But getting back to it…..........I cut the straight edges with a table saw, and the cut my inside lip to hold the photo and the glass and then mitered my corners with a miter saw, and put it together.

-- Robin Renee'

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#11 posted 04-08-2009 01:23 AM

Great looking frames. That wood looks like wormy chestnut. They used to make a lot of barns from chestnut wood. Our company builds a lot of wormy chestnut cabinets. I like using that wood for frames also.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#12 posted 04-08-2009 03:28 AM

that’s a beautiful frame and looks great wrapped around your artwork.

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#13 posted 04-08-2009 05:06 PM

Hi Robin;

This is fantastic work!

Great job with the wood, and your sketch is beautiful. I like the corner pieces also.

Really nice project.

I’m still trying to get stick figures right.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 04-09-2009 04:39 AM

Very nice Robin, I love the color you got from that old chestnut. You can’t buy that at the lumber yard anymore.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#15 posted 04-11-2009 02:24 PM

Hi Robin, Great job on the frame, I also like the corner touch and the wood choice. I have always been fond of the Indian culture and your sketch is beautifully done. You are very talented.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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