Archive for the ‘Picture Frames’ Category

Graduation time

So last year I answered a custom request on Etsy.  This person was looking for a way to display her sons high school diploma along with the tassel and a picture of him.  I immediately understood her dilemma, what do you do with your tassel or diploma/degree after a while?  It either sits in a drawer or box to be forgotten about or eventually thrown away, mine are somewhere around here… I think.  After several conversations we figured out the prefect design:

The frame itself is 12″ tall, 27″ long, made from 3/4″ thick solid hardwood that is 1.5″ thick, and is comprised of a mixture of miter and half lap joints.  The only fasteners use on this frame are the screws that hold the hanging wire on the back of the frame and the points used to hold the matte and backing in place.

As it turns out that the height of the frame is really determined by the length of the tassel, and not the pictures.  The frame can accommodate a picture up to 7.5″ wide and 9.5″ tall.  Since this isn’t a standard size, custom mattes can be used to any size that you want.  It also allows you to do the same with a high school diploma which is about 6″x8″ or a full size 8″x10″ college degree.

Made from Mahogany

The picture and the diploma/degree have a plexi glass fronts to keep them protected, while the tassel sits in a box that has an open front.  I found that having glass in the front of tassel would smash it, there just wasn’t enough room with a standard frame thickness.  So I opted for an open front that allows the tassel to hang unhindered.

Made from Walnut

As always, these frames are available in a variety of domestic and exotic woods such as: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Jatoba, Zebrawood, Lacewood, Bubinga, Padauk, and many other – just ask for pricing with your favorite wood.

This frame is a great time capsule, a way to capture the memories of your high school or college accomplishments.


Right frame of mind

So far I’ve shown you the pens and wine stoppers, all fun lathe items to make.  Now I’m going to take you to the world of flat work… but just for now.

I  first made a picture frame out of necessity.  I was given a water color art piece of a martini, a fantastic drink that keeps getting better with every olive.  It was purchased at one of the local art fairs here in Michigan (Arts and Apples), and given to me as a present (birthday, I think…).  While I probably could have found a store bought frame that would have been the right size, but I thought that this would be a great time to make my own.  So I made one out of curly maple, see the non-professional picture of it…

In the corner is a mahogany spline which reinforces the frame and I love the look of contrasting the woods.  You don’t need a spline on a miter joint, but you do need to reinforce it… a miter joint is not very strong and additional reinforcements are needed.  If you don’t like the look of the contrasting wood, a spline can be made out of the same material as the frame, or an different type of reinforcement can be used.  Nails could be used… but seriously??  I like to try and stay with traditional joinery when possible.

Here are some unique frames that I came up with:

This 5-picture picture frame was one that I thought would be cool to make.  It is created with half lap joints which are nice and strong.  I get a lot of inquiries about this frame, which can be custom made for all kinds of pictures sizes, but this is an expensive frame, prices vary but they are usually north of $150, which include glass and backing.  It is just a labor intensive frame to get all of the joints fitting nicely, but you get what you pay for!  If you are the type of person that needs to have an abstract, unique frame… then look no further.

This next frame came about as a custom order from someone looking for a way to house high school diplomas’, a picture, and the tassel.  It uses a combination of miters joints and half lap joints.  The half lap joints strengthen the frame enough that the miters don’t need to have splines, but they could still be added.  This frame runs around $110, which includes glass, backing, and a custom cut matte to fit the picture size that you might want.  This also allows you to use the frame for a college degree as well.

Walnut Graduation Frame

This final frame was custom made for a 30th “Pearl” anniversary.  I added a channel and inlaid some fresh water pearls and outlined them in some maple, which matched the splines.  The frame itself is made from exotic Jatoba.  The idea for the design was a collaboration between me and the buyer.

If you have something special you would like a custom frame for just let me know and we can try to get you what you are looking for.