Frames for gifts

Back to frame making.  Several people are retiring at my husband's school and so he asked for some frames.  Three will be for the retirees and the fourth is for someone else.  Not sure what he'll want to put in the frames so I grabbed a few cards and added a note in the one.  I used various designs for the "stands."  The one of mahogany required me to trim the frame bottom to match the angle, but was the easiest to glue as there were no angles between the stand and the back of the frame.  The others required some interesting clamping (will add few pics at the end).  All are "around" 8x10 outer dimensions.

Hickory with walnut splines 
White oak with walnut splines
Interesting clamping required!


I like the way you incorporated stands.
Gary G - thanks!  These are all approximately 8x10" so I thought they would likely be placed on a desk or table as they might look too small on a wall. So added the "stands" rather than putting keyhole slots for hanging on a wall.
 Wei nice! I like the splines. 

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

RyanGi- thanks!  Have enjoyed using the spline jig I built last fall.

Still need to perfect getting the actual spline material cut - hard to get that perfect thickness.  Too thick is better as it can run through the drum sander but too thin...will have to be for another purpose!
I see you have upgraded your spline jig. Nice and very nice frames!


Yeah, getting the stock thickness right can be a little bit of a challenge. A consideration is to make up a bulk of spline blanks all at once, using a couple different wood types. That way you’ve already got the drum sander properly set and it’s just a production line to get the blanks properly dimensioned. Bundle them up and stash them aside for future use. 

I’ve done this with kumiko blanks, since I’m impatient with fine dimensioning and kumiko is supposed to be a zen hand tool thing…dimensioning a bunch of sticks is not my ‘zen’!

Keep it up! You’re doing great!

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

Thanks Petey!  I really like the spline jig.  Why did I wait so long to build one?!?

RyanGi- I did work on trying to batch some pieces, but didn't run all through the drum sander.  That would have been better than waiting until I need the material!  Using the same flat tooth blade so no need to customize each time.
Now you know a GUY would have made 4 or 14 frames all of the same wood, all made exactly the same.

Very refreshing to see all of them so different, and not just using different woods, Barb you add a lot to this site. Great work. 
well done. Will do any picture fine


real nice frame work barb. great spline jig too.

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

Back to your basics. As usual they look good
Those miters are perfection!

Nice work as always, just don't get cornered like Moke making spoons for the inhabitants of Iowa 🤠
Very nicely done!!

You don't always get what you go after,but you do get what you wouldn't have got if you didn't go after what you didn't get. Blaze Foley

GeorgeWest- thank you!  Funny, I never even thought to make them all the same 🤷‍♀️. Part of the fun is just figuring out what will work with the boards I have.  

987Ron - thanks!  I hope the recipients replace my holders with some nice photos.  Just don't like to give a blank frame.  

Thanks Pottz.  So far the spline jig is working out great.  

Corelz125- thank you!  Yes, frames are fun.  Not too big of a build, and most people like them as gifts.

Splintergroup- thanks!  I've lost count of how many frames I've built!

Hairy - thank you!  
Good selection of frames. I like the way you made the stand part for them. Great job.
Mel52 - thank you!  My husband will have the task of deciding which frame goes to each of the retirees.  
i picked out my favorite although they are all very nice GR8 JOB 😍😎👍


Thank you Tony.   Which one is your favorite?  I think I like the white oak best.  
Nice job - very well made! It occurred to me that I have never made a standing frame. Lots of wall hanging ones though.
Steve-thanks!  I've done quite a few of both!  I actually have a little table top router that I purchased used that is permanently setup for doing the keyhole slots.  The ones with stands just require my imagination as creating a separate stand seems more complicated.  

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