Wednesday Woodworking – This is a Test

I did it, made a picture frame that worked. I decided to just do this as a test and grabbed some scrap wood and started cutting.  It didn’t take too long and here it is, my test picture frame:

Made this from some old 1x2s I had in the scrap pile.

Made this from some old 1x2s I had in the scrap pile.

It’s a small frame, 10×10 inches on the inside to fit a 10×10 oil paint canvas like this:

A canvas for oil painting.

A canvas for oil painting.

And now the canvas in the frame:

Canvas in frame. Exciting!

Canvas in frame. Exciting!

Everyone has an old jar on their workbench.  It just what woodworkers do.

Now here is how we clamp the frame up:

Square clamp.

Square clamp.

I’ve bought a few of these and this one works out well.  I am going to replace the wingnut with something else as you can see I needed my channel locks to tighten the clamp.  There’s got to be a better way.

This frame was sanded and given to Heather.  She’ll paint it and use it for one of her small pictures.  I went through my wood pile and I’ll have to get some nicer wood in stock for my next frame.  There is one more jig I want to make – more on that next week.

And now a little mystery for next few months.  I just received this order of wood for my Christmas workshop plans:

Yes, it's a pile of fancy hardwoods.

Yes, it’s a pile of fancy hardwoods.

Yes, I plan on making all my Christmas gifts this year, plus I’ve got a couple of wedding gifts to make for the year.  I know what you’re thinking, “It’s March on Tuesday, aren’t you leaving it a bit late?”  Well, we’ll see.

It you need me – I’ll be in the shop,

Andrew

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I work in the high tech world doing software release engineering Then I got prostate cancer Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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44 Responses to Wednesday Woodworking – This is a Test

  1. booguloo says:

    Have you (don’t know what to call it) done any interlocking word sculpture? When I get a chance to take a picture of the piece I’ll and email it. I’d like to have it duplicated it or something like it. I think you’ll like it. I might be able to get the plans. I’ll get it to you as soon as possible to see if it’s a challenge that you’d like to take on.

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  2. I have a cousin who is an artist/painter. He always says the greatest expense is the framing. I’ll have to introduce him to this frame making gizmo clamp thingy, though it’s obvious that it doesn’t do the real work of creating for him, it might just inspire. Can’t believe you’re thinking about Christmas…lighting a match under the rest of our artistic arses you are 😉

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  3. That’s great that you’re repurposing that scrap wood. The frame looks great. I’ve never seen a square clamp before. I’ve learned my thing for the day. Hooray! Thank you. Looking forward to seeing the Christmas presents come into being. Are you going to take pictures little by little and have us guess what they’re going to be?

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    • Yes, I’ll be doing progress pictures. I started a project this weekend that I won’t have done for a few weeks, so I’ll be doing a little mystery posting this week. I love the square clamp. I hadn’t heard of them until I decided to do picture frames.

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  4. My birthday is October 31 (-:

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  5. Great post and an interesting project.
    Love those clamps.
    Thank you.

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  6. Nicely done frame. I’d love that for a wedding gift, but that ship has sales. Darn.

    BTW. One of the houses I looked at in Preston has a woodworking studio in the basement. It was massive. I couldn’t help thinking of you.

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  7. pommepal says:

    A frame makes a good painting into an outstanding one. Heather will appreciate your work. I look forward to seeing some of Heather’s art in your frames…

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  8. Connie T says:

    I took an art class once. We had to make the frame, use canvas and gesso it to make it so it could be painted. I built a huge frame. I painted an eel in the ocean.

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  9. jfwknifton says:

    A lovely picture frame, well done!

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  10. davidprosser says:

    The frame looks really nice Andrew. Up to your usual high standards.Now you have your hand in you’ll find them a lot easier to make so I expect a production line of quality wood frames of all sizes.
    Hugs

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  11. Debra says:

    What a great combo! You make the frames and Heather creates the art! Really nice. I did gulp just a little bit at even the mention of Christmas, but I have a few things I’d like to make this year and knowing it’s already March, I think your supply gathering should inspire me to do the same!

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    • Heather and I like doing art together. This is one way to do that. Frames can add to the painting. Yes, Christmas. If you’re going to make stuff, you have to start early as time can get away from you fast.

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  12. curt says:

    Great post Andrew! Being a professional picture framer I can say the frame looks great – now grab a jar of gesso and I’ll show you how the gold leaf it.

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  13. Paul J. Stam says:

    Looks good. Now that you are making frames I guess I’ll start painting again. Have a great one – Aloha – pjs/

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  14. It pays to plan ahead, Andrew. Nice looking frame, BTW.
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  15. PiedType says:

    Congratulations! I never fully appreciated how much precision it took to create a good frame.

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  16. lorieb says:

    phew, I was worried we readers were to be tested LOL Great job, great idea to make your gifts. My gifts are usually garden related; last year I bought and delivered and planted a tree for a couple getting married.

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  17. Annika Perry says:

    Planning for Christmas already?! That’s organised…I feel we’re barely out of the last one. Lovely frame and enjoy creating.

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  18. lifelessons says:

    It’s beautiful. I love its simplicity, Andrew.

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  19. Pretty as a picture (frame).

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