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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Syracuse, Nebraska

    Picture frame

    Hi all!

    My daughter does stained glass work and asked me to make her a frame with a "tropical look". I came up with this idea while cleaning up some scraps of SYP.

    Each segment of end grain is cut to 4 1/2 degrees on both sides times 40 pieces equals 360 degrees. After numerous flip-flops of each piece to try to create a wave pattern, I glued it together with a big hose clamp. Then I made an edge band of brass and heated it up so I could shrink fit it to the frame.

    The inside dia. is about 17 1/2" and outside 20". The finish is a couple of coats of Watco oil, the end grain really sucks it up, and about 5 coats of blond shellac with 400 grit wet sand between each coat.

    I expect she will try something oval next... just to keep me on my toes.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    Wow, I'm amazed that you were able to get that to close with no gaps considering that even 1/8 of a degree off per side would have added up to 10! Did it take a lot of hand fitting and sanding to get it all together?
    “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Syracuse, Nebraska
    Nope, that was just a lumber yard 2X6 that I cut a chunk out of. Ran it through the jointer to get the angles. After the pattern suited me I clamped it dry and every few days snugged the clamp a little more. Construction lumber runs higher in moisture content and by continuing with the clamping for about 2 weeks I think I coaxed the pieces to fit together. When the time came to glue it up it almost fell into place.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    well thats a fine job of coaxin and i think that an oval would be no problem fer ya
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    What a very cool idea. I think you captured what she was after.
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    - Arthur C. Clarke

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Kea'au Hawaii. Just down the road from Hilo town!
    You both did good!! Must be New Jersey waves... here they are blue.
    Your daughter got the orchid and the plumeria blossoms perfect and with nice solder lines.

    What goes around, comes around.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Very nice work on both the frame and what's in it.
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    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  8. #8
    All I can say Roger is that is awesome looking.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Indianapolis area
    That is most cool! The grain pattern and fit--wow! I some how think there may be some very similar frames being done around here.


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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    falcon heights, minnesota
    beautiful work roger!!
    benedictione omnes bene

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