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June 24, 2017

Custom Picture Frame with Hardwood Inlay

Custom Picture Frame

Custom Picture Frame with Hardwood Inlay - "Feather Pattern"This custom picture frame is made in the woodworking shop. Black walnut is the primary wood choice  for the picture frame and a hardwood inlay pattern known as the “feather pattern” is applied to the wood project. The overall dimensions of the custom picture frame are 11- 3/4”  x  13-1/2″ x 3/4″. Each interior corner has a 1/8″ thick walnut triangle that is notched into the frame. Splined miter joints are employed by the woodworker to both strengthen and adorn the decorative picture frame.

“There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge, but can never prove how it got there.” Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) Theoretical physicist.

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1.) A dado blade set was installed on the tablesaw to create the groove which houses the hardwood inlay. Featherboards were used to minimize the possibility of kickback and also to maintain control of the cut during this procedure. The dado blade set and the featherboard were also used to create the rabbets for the walnut picture frame.

2.) A dedicated miter sled for the tablesaw was used to cut the miter joints for the custom picture frame.

3.) A tenon jig for the tablesaw was used to create the slots for the splined miter joints.

Feather Pattern of Hardwood Inlay

The total width of  hardwood inlay feather pattern is 1/2″. This is comprised of a 1/8″ mahogany borders, a 3/32″ center strip of black walnut, an alternating pattern of maple and cherry (each segment is 3/32″), and four negative spaces.

My goal for this custom picture frame was to reveal the lovely grain of the walnut while embellishing the frame with the hardwood inlay. The black walnut creates a dark backdrop while allowing the contrasting lighter wood tones such as the mahogany border and the maple interior to stand out. These varying wood tones and their resulting patterns cause the viewer’s eye to travel to and fro within the custom picture frame.

Balance, Stability, and Movement

My goal for this custom picture frame is to have a combination of balance, stability, and yet movement.

Here’s how I tried to attempt balance and stability:

1.) Each interior corner has a similar walnut triangle of horizontal grain direction.

2.) The negative spaces of the top and bottom rails are symmetrical to one another as are the stiles.

3.) The 4 miter joints mirror one another.

4.) The interior rabbet is equal at the top and bottom as well as from side to side.

5.) The hardwood inlay is centered in the walnut rails and stiles of the custom picture frame.

6.) The direction of the hardwood inlay pattern is balanced from side to side and & also top and bottom.

Here’s how I attempted movement:

1.) The walnut grain pattern of the custom picture frame creates a subtle movement for the eye to travel.

2.) The interior walnut triangles point outward. Their silhouette of the lighter picture creates an irregular octagon thus causing subtle eye movement for the viewer.

3.) The combination of the miters, walnut triangles, negative spaces create directions for the eye to travel inwards towards the center of the picture as well as outwards.

4.) While the hardwood inlay pattern appears centered in the walnut rails and stiles of the custom picture frame, notice that the interior rabbet of the frame creates a subtle shift in eye movement inward towards the picture.

5.) The contrasting wood tones create an interplay resulting in eye movement.

6.) The contrasting direction of the hardwood inlay feather pattern causes the eye to travel.

Note:

Weldwood plastic resin glue was used for the splined miter joints of this custom picture. The same glue was used during the entire process of the hardwood inlay.

The custom picture was leveled and finished sanded using an open drum sander. A sanding block with fine grit sandpaper was then used to detail the custom picture frame.

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15…Let’s Build a Magazine Case

“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”
Mark Twain…American author and humorist (1835-1910)

This episode is part of the Let’s Build Series

Many of woodworkers receive woodworking magazine subscriptions in the mail each month and as the time goes by these magazines accumulate. These magazines are a great source for reference and also inspiration so it is nice to have them protected and organized so that we can easily access the information. Now, a woodworker can simply purchase a magazine case from the publisher or from a local discount store and be done with it. However, since we are woodworkers why not select the wood of our choice and learn how to make our own wooden magazine case?

This woodworking video shows the woodworking equipment and woodworking techniques used to build a magazine case. The main power tools employed for this process are the table saw, the jointer, open drum sander, and the band saw. The dedicated dado sled for the table saw is featured in this tutorial and is used to cross cut dadoes. This table saw fixture is used for cutting rabbets, tenons, grooves, dadoes, and half-laps and makes production work easy and accurate. The cutting of rabbets are shown in this video.

Ribboned mahogany is selected as the material for the magazine case due to the woods nicely flowing grain as well as its captivating chatoyance. Mahogany machines well, is easy to sand, and it takes a nice finish. Tried and True oil varnish is used with a wipe on application and as a result the finished woodworking project has a warm hand rubbed look.

If you are a woodworking beginner pay attention to the details as shown in the band saw and table saw set-ups as they offer greater control and also greater safety.

The Band Saw Set-up
When ripping stock on the wood band saw there is a tall resaw fence clamped in place. This fence is aligned and set in accordance to the “drift” of the band saw blade. Also, notice that a featherboard keeps the bottom of the stock snug to the fence while the push stick directs the stock through the blade. This assures that the mahogany is tight to the resaw fence and also that one’s fingers and hands are clear of the band saw blade. Take you time and allow the blade to cut at its own pace.

The Table Saw Set-up
Notice the safety accessory used to control the stock as it is pushed through the table saw blade.
A small adjustable featherboard is used in the miter gauge slot in order to keep the stock tight to the table saw fence.
A shop-made featherboard is clamped to the table saw to keep wide stock tight to the fence. In this case an auxiliary board and a clamp is positioned against the featherboard to further control the situation

The Dado Sled Set-up.
The stop block clamped to the fence guarantees that stock is cut to uniform lengths. A quality dado blade set allows for fresh, clean cuts.

Keep in mind that these woodworking basics apply to beginning woodworking projects as well advanced projects.

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How to install Wood Inlay Bandings

How to Install Decorative Wood Inlay Bandings

Decorative Wood Inlay Bandings on a picture frameThis woodworking video offers a tutorial of how to install decorative wood inlay bandings into the face of a mahogany picture frame. The workshop made wood inlay bandings are comprised of maple, walnut, and cherry veneers.

Note: The woodworker in this video demonstrates a highly effective and accurate method of installing wood inlay bandings into picture frames. The craftsman uses a shop made miter box along with a dovetail saw to cut the miter joints of the bandings by hand. The sanding and fitting of the wood inlay bandings is performed with a large sanding block that has a sanding belt from a belt sander. Once the the wood inlay is fit, it is then glued in place. When the glue sets, the picture frame is sent through an open drum sander so that the bandings and the face of the picture frames are leveled with one another. As you will see in the later wood inlay videos, the woodworker cuts the miters of the wood inlay bandings on the band saw using a band saw miter sled.

Picture frames with decorative wood inlay bandings

You know how it is when you have a special photo of family or friends and you want to have an equally special frame for it. We as woodworkers have a tremendous advantage because we can create the picture frame to match the occasion. Also, we can select the woods that we want to set the mood for the picture as well as create the style that we want for the picture frame. On top of that we can even embellish our woodworking project with a custom made wood inlay banding if we choose. A custom wood inlay just takes a little thought, desire, and patience. The end result to create wood inlay bandings with wonderful designs. It is within the reach of all of us.

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Wood Inlay Bandings…Making a Statement

Wood Inlay Bandings

wood inlay bandings and picture frames

The picture frames with wood inlay bandings are of African mahogany with walnut splines that accent the miter joints. These picture frames and wood inlay banding have been made from scratch in the woodworking shop. As you can see wood inlay bandings can make quite a statement when applied in your woodworking project. On one hand the wooden picture frames would be plenty nice on their own, however the wood design created by the pattern within the wood inlay bandings provides an eye catching and distinctive contrast. The ornamental qualities of the wood inlay  seems to persuade one to come closer to take a better look. Perhaps this is the very reason why inlay has been used by various cultures over the millenniums to adorn and embellish anything from the neck and body of a fine guitar to the tombs of Pharaohs from ancient Egypt.

 

Bandsaw technique used to cut segments for Wood Inlay BandingsWood inlay bandings come in many styles, patterns, and sizes. While one can purchase inlay bandings online or in a woodworking catalog, it is actually more rewarding when a woodworker makes their own custom bandings. Yes, it does take some time and a bit of patience. However, that is what woodworking is all about. A woodworker can make wood inlay patterns using basic hand tools or power tools.

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Barber Pole Wood Inlay BandingsIf you decide to follow this woodworking blog, you can easily see how the techniques and inlay patterns used to create bandings have evolved over time. You will find that the band saw has become an integral tool employed in the making of decorative wood inlay bandings. When you study this information, you will undoubtedly discover original and useful woodworking techniques that can help you immensely when you decide to create your own wood inlay bandings. If you have read this far, it is time to get started making your own bandings. Let me know how it works out for you.

 

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How to Install Decorative Wood Inlay Bandings

How to Install Decorative Wood Inlay Bandings

Decorative wood inlay bandings ripped on the bandsawWe’ve created the decorative wood inlay bandings for our latest wood project, a pair of picture frames. This woodworking video shows how to inlay these shop made wood inlay bandings. In the tutorial, watch the complete inlay process of cutting, fitting, and gluing the wood inlay bandings into the channels of the African mahogany frames. It requires time and patience. However, as you will see that it 1s time well spent.

The woodworking video shows how the woodworker cuts miter joints for the  wood inlay bandings using a fine toothed dovetail saw along with a shop made miter box. This combination leads to a nice fitting miter joint. Glue will be added once all the decorative wood inlay bandings have been dry fitting within the picture frame. Then each banding is seated into position by means of a scrap wooden block being tapped by a hammer.

Picture frames with decorative wood inlay bandings pass through the open drum sander.After the glue has firmly setup it is time to send the picture frames and their wood inlay bandings through the open drum sander. The sander will level the wood inlay bandings flush to the surface of the mahogany picture frames. The craftsman will complete the sanding task with a sanding block and will hand sand with a series of various grits of sandpaper.

 

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Wood inlay bandings , pictures frames, and sanding sealerAll sanding dust will be removed and an application of SealCoat sanding sealer will be applied. Once again the picture frames along with the decorative wood inlay bandings will receive a light sanding with 320 wet and dry sandpaper. Finally, the wood finish for the picture frames will be numerous coats of  Arm-R-Seal satin.

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Watch the following Wood Inlay Banding Videos:

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