Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Great Frame-Up!

Starts with a trip to the lumberyard
for a careful selection
of the available lumber of poplar.

I prefer using poplar to pine,
because it's harder and
yet still fairly light in weight.

Poplar is known for having
a rainbow of colours
white blondes,
rich yellows,
sappy greens,
and wonderful streaks
of dark purples.
I prefer the white blonde look for
my Floating Frame-Stock.

1" x 3" and 1" x 6"
boards are selected
for the framestock.

Then it's back to the woodshop
to make the floating framestock.

For the Floating Framestock
I rip 2 2" widths from the 1" x 6"
and keep the remainder 1 1/4"
for the interior part of the frame's profile.
I also rip 2 1" widths from the 1" x 3".  

Once all the rips and cuts are made
it's time to assemble the lengths
into their proper Floating Frame profile.

Floating Frame profile glued, stapled, and drying.

All 128 linear feet sanded and ready for the next step,
painting the interior of the profile with latex - flat black.

Second coat of flat black in drying stage.

80 miter cuts later makes for 10 frames!

Filled, sanded, waxed, and ready for paintings.

Detail of waxing.

Back of frame with painting set in place.

The Great Frame-Up!!


Janet Glatz said...

That is what I call amazing resourcefulness. They look great, too.

Seip Fine Art said...

Thanks, Janet! As you know, framing can be expensive, so, over the years I've devised ways to keep the framing cost-effective, by designing and making my own frames. It keeps it different and fun for me.

R.L. Delight said...

Oh this is wonderful! My husband has made a few floating frames for me (he is better at it than I) but I love your production frame making. Thanks for sharing!