Finally, first frame finished!
OK, finally got a frame finished I'm willing to show. My wife paints and frames cost an arm and a leg, and unframed paintings are pretty plain potatoes. Making a frame is exacting. 45 derees had better be exact or you have scrap wood. So my wife gave me a present, a Grizzly miter trimmer. Perhaps the sharpest tool I have ever had a small accident with.
BTW, this would be a $200 frame at the very least. But I have had to buy some special tools to be able to do this. First and foremost, the Girz miter trimmer, shown here in action, minus the blood. You precut the end to as near 45 degrees and about a 16th oversize. The trimmer shaves off a thin piece at an exact 45. It is a miracle after fussing with saws for several weeks.
Custom frames must be made to fit the canvas, so the inside edge requires a 3/8 ths rabbit, so the width of the frame is based on the correct width of the rabbit. Makes more sense when you actually do it. Clamps for glue up were small spring loaded clip. I didn't manage to get all the squeeze out, so had to do more sanding to get down to wood for the stain. I'll be more careful about glue removal in the future.
OK, next step was cutting 1/8th splines into the corners and gluing that up, the sawing off the ends with a Japanese pull saw.
OK, the picture of the painting. The frame is pine, finished with two coats of Red Mahogany penetrating stain and two coats of wipe on poly. The wood is actually just pine molding. I had to add some half inch pine to the back of it to give room for the rabbit. That really messed things up because I glued it on before cutting and assembling the frame. So, the face of the frame would NOT line up perfectly. Darn. The solution? Sand, sand, sand and sand some more to make it line up in the corners. Got down to 320 grit, put a stain pre coat to even it out, then sanded a little more with 400 grit, to remove the fuzzies, then a final coat of stain and a rubdown with an old T shirt to smooth out the finish. Then a couple of coats of wipe on poly.
Now, I know this is nothing new for the old farts here, but I'm posting this for others like me, who are intimidated by precision and finishing.
Frames loom as a big thing in my life given my wife's increasing art skills. So I bought a few specialty items, the best of which is in the third picture, which inserts the retainers into the frame. Nifty item but the thing bites is you grip it too hard. Oh well, more band aids.
Hope someone learns from my mistakes. I'll post some more over time.
The more I do, the less I accomplish.