Arts & Crafts Tall Frame (with drawings)

I wanted to make a frame for this collage of Seattle scenes. I have long admired the features of several Arts & Crafts mantel clocks and wanted to incorporate some similar features. I came up with a frame that has flared sides, an arched bottom, and an oversized top.

I selected a piece of lacewood from my lumber supply.

Before the glue up, I routed rabbets for the glass & mat. I made a wider rabbet for an oversized backing panel. I also routed a 1/8” radius on the front.

I masked the faces of the miters to keep the glue out of pores of the lacewood. You can see how the miter at the top does not meet at the corner. The details at the top required extra wood there.

I used General Finishes semi-gloss varnish.
Here are a few dimensions for scale.

I missed a few dimensions to describe the curve on each side:
-   The distance between the tips of the curve at the bottom are 11 3/8".
-   The curve is a radius of about 175".
-   The curve starts at the bottom of the trim at the top of the frame.
-   The curve meets the bottom at an angle of 6.85 degrees off vertical

The angle for the slope on the bottom of the top is 10 degrees.


kewl looking wood nice design GR8 JOB 😍😎👍


That looks really great! I love the curves. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

That’s a really nice design using the A&C clock look. The wood is beautiful.
I've never used lacewood.  Is it usually a problem with the glue in the pores?  I wonder if using liquid hide glue would work better that PVA.  You can clean up glue squeeze out with water

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

nice design and construction steve. love the look of the lacewood !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Thanks for the comments!
Nathan - I'm not sure if the glue would be a problem. I figured the safe thing was to mask the joint. The porosity is about like some oak.
Nice work Steve, that definitely captures the A&C feel.

.................. John D....................

You may crap out occasionally on WORDLE, but you are shooting aces with your projects.

However, I wouldn't have wasted such a nice frame ,

on newspaper clippings.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Very nice Steve, close ups show nice tight joints, great look overall. Well done.
Wonderful frame   Rally appeals to me.


Nice style and that lacewood is the bomb 😃

Good call on the masking. May take a few minutes to set up, but saves some grief when trying to get that glue out of the pores!
Really well done Steve....great joints, very creative idea.....Congrats on a great project and BTW, great post....


Neat design.  Thanks for sharing the details.  
That is a beautiful frame.  Any pictures would look great in that.
Thanks for the comments everyone! This is one of my favorite frames.
Nice Steve. You are advertising? 😉Can I also order a TV? 😊

Thanks Jan - that's why I include some dimensions - so you can make your own!
Nice looking project different than just a square picture frame. 

Douglas E Scott