Large Walnut Picture Frame
This is a custom picture frame to fit some artwork my sister had commissioned of our dog that recently passed.
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.
I wanted a fairly simple profile, and this was me playing around with a few different designs.
Milled everything up. Then immediately after this project I cleaned my table saw blade. The burn marks were real on this project.
Final shape took form.
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.
Fit was quite good with the jig.
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.
Decided to use a circular reinforcement because I didn't want to have splines showing on this piece.
It was surprisingly strong in term of structural support.
Some of the first corners I've ever come out this well. Very happy with the fit.
I love Danish oil on Walnut.
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.
I put it all together and used a specialty framing tool to pin it in (I forget the name of the tool).
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.