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Large Walnut Picture Frame

author-gravatar joshcraigrainey Aug 12, 2020

This is a custom picture frame to fit some artwork my sister had commissioned of our dog that recently passed.

Photo of Large Walnut Picture Frame

Chose a suitable piece of Walnut that would match the Walnut that was used for his urn.  The detail highlights were made from a milled piece of Maple from a friends tree that she felled.

Photo of Large Walnut Picture Frame

I wanted a fairly simple profile, and this was me playing around with a few different designs.

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Milled everything up.  Then immediately after this project I cleaned my table saw blade.  The burn marks were real on this project.

Photo of Large Walnut Picture Frame
Photo of Large Walnut Picture Frame
Photo of Large Walnut Picture Frame

Final shape took form.

Photo of Large Walnut Picture Frame

I built this frame jig, and it worked, but if I were to do it again, I would do a different jig design.  I would have it be bigger and with an integrated ruler.  This jig was really tedious to use, but it worked.

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Fit was quite good with the jig.

Photo of Large Walnut Picture Frame

Glue up was surprisingly hard, so my wife came up with a jig that isn't seen in the photo, but with her brains we were able to glue it up very well.

Photo of Large Walnut Picture Frame

Decided to use a circular reinforcement because I didn't want to have splines showing on this piece.

Photo of Large Walnut Picture Frame

It was surprisingly strong in term of structural support.

Photo of Large Walnut Picture Frame

Some of the first corners I've ever come out this well.  Very happy with the fit.

Photo of Large Walnut Picture Frame

I love Danish oil on Walnut.

Photo of Large Walnut Picture Frame

Had enough left over to make a mini frame with the profile backwards.  It started as a joke to my wife about not wasting lumber, then it became an actual frame that we used.

Photo of Large Walnut Picture Frame

I put it all together and used a specialty framing tool to pin it in (I forget the name of the tool).

Photo of Large Walnut Picture Frame

Set it up in the living room.  You can see how great the artwork is compared to the real photo of him.  It is very lifelike.

4 comments

For future frame glue-ups I suggest band clamps. 

Most definitely!  That is what we ended up using, but we were having trouble keeping it from springing upward because of the profile shape.  My wife rigged up a quick jig that kept it from doing that luckily.  Band clamps were definitely the tool for the job!

@WoodGate  said:

For future frame glue-ups I suggest band clamps. 

Those mitered corners came out amazing!

Thank you!  I was very pleased with them, it took a while to get my set up tuned in enough to do it, but it was worth it!

@ewharvey  said:

Those mitered corners came out amazing!

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