Back in early >>April of this year << Peter Rideout came for a visit, bearing gifts.....
...April 4th to be exact, Peter showed up with a bag full of firewood
At the end of July this year, we lost my cousin Dan after his long hard battle with cancer. Dan was like a little brother to me, we grew from kids to young men together.
This wood that Peter brought for me, I wanted to do something special with it, as it is from Canada, and from a friend.
It sure is pretty, let's hope I don't mess it up
I decided that I'd make a picture frame from it, the one piece is certainly large enough, in fact, I'll get two out of it, one for Dan's parents, who were like a second set of parents to me growing up, and one for myself.
I made a total of three prototypes (did I mention that I REALLY did not want to mess this up?) and here is one dry fit into my picture frame jig.
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The nice thing about making a prototype is you can also see for sure that you will have enough wood when you are not working with off the shelf lumber.
I used Big Blue, my resaw bandsaw to slice the wood up, saves a fair bit of wood, as the blade only makes a 1mm kerf.
After cutting the wood up into the stick I need, I used my LN #62 to smooth the surfaces. I know that my thickness planer would just tear this curly Maple to bits, and besides that I cannot lift it right now from it's hiding place with my healing back. I also love the feeling of that sharp blade slicing off crinkly shavings of wood
I used my Hitachi SCMS to cut the 45s, I sure love that saw, dead accurate
Once cut and fit, I used the picture frame jig to glue up the frame.
Once it was dry, I used my corner key cutting jig to cut keys in the corners.....
One little tip, a brush does not work so well for putting glue into the small kerfs the keys fit into, but the small wooden spoons we get with ice cream sure do a good job!
I used some Rosewood that I got from my hunting buddy to make the keys, the contrast should look good.
Now it sits until it is all dry, then I'll get out my flush cut saw and cut the keys off, do some sanding and then finish it. I'm thinking WaterLox should really make the curl pop.
I have the mat cut already, I need to get some glass, and some more backer board.
A question for any out there with more experience with mounting pictures, I want to attach the picture to a backer board made from cardboard, what should I use? I don't want to use tape, it will dry out and flake in a few short years, I would rather use some sort of glue, but I fear it will bleed through the paper and ruin the picture. I printed the picture at the highest setting on our new inkjet printer on very high quality paper, so I hope that picture does not fade too fast.
Thanks again to Peter for bringing the wood, I think I'm putting this chunk to good use.
Comments, questions, observations encouraged