Picture frame – hopefully first of many.

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    jude
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    I made a picture frame to suit a photo I took on my travels of the Very Large Array in New Mexico.

    I wanted the photo to be printed out at a certain size that is not a standard photo frame size. So, I made a frame to suit the photo as opposed to making the photo suit the frame.

    I had to learn to cut the glass too. Thanks to Paul for the glass cutting video!. Also I learned to cut a mat with a mat cutter a friend lent me.

    Thanks again to everyone at Masterclasses; the staff and participants on the forum. The best application for all the lessons we get here is the way we can build what we want and not be hemmed in to making do with what is available.

    The frame is no masterpiece, but I hope to make more.

    judekenny.wordpress.com

    Near Chicago, USA

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  • #138712
    jude
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    @jude

    Here are some build photos. The glue-up was full of trepidation as the splines refused to co-operate. I had to cut out the dovetails for the splines with a larger saw to make them fit. I had a tough time planing them to size so it was easier for me to cut a larger kerf.

    I also made a little shooting board. I still have to get the hang of it.

    I used scrap wood too so I had some filling to do but it all look fine after I planed it smooth. Paint, again, covers all sins 🙂

    judekenny.wordpress.com

    Near Chicago, USA

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    Matt McGrane
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    @mattmcgrane

    Looks very nice, Jude. I still have to try making some of these. I’ve thought that cutting the thin splines would be a real challenge.

    And nicely done on the shooting board, too. That will come in handy more often that you think.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

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    jude
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    @jude

    Thanks, Matt.

    I found the splines to be very difficult to make. I tried making short ones but they all ended up wedge-shaped. The easier method in Paul’s video is to make one long one that can be planed to thickness.

    Anyways, I had some 1/16″ wood laying around that I used for the spline. I had bought this material years ago to use as a face-plate on a guitar amplifier but it was too thick for that. It worked out great as spline material. I think I got it at Hobby Lobby or some craft store. Maybe at a home improvement center.

    I started the cuts on the corner with a small saw but then went down the cut again with a bigger 16″ back saw that has a wider kerf. Seemed to work.

    Thanks again.

    judekenny.wordpress.com

    Near Chicago, USA

    #138755
    chemical_cake
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    @chemical_cake

    That’s a great photo, and the frame complements it well. It’s hard to tell the scale – how big is it?

    Matt

    Southampton, UK

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    jude
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    @jude

    Hi other Matt (@chemical_cake) 🙂

    The picture frame is 20″ x 12″ (approx 500mm x 300mm).

    Thanks for the kind words.

    judekenny.wordpress.com

    Near Chicago, USA

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