Woodworks by john thoughts and decisions as i create my work. journey with me through the fascinating world of woodworking. gas explosion in texas


In my last published post I had just begun to work on a Tabernacle Frame, an exciting project to say the least. If you recall, the plan was to first make the spandrel (gold leafed panel that surrounds the painting) and build the frame around it — that’s exactly the process followed. I often get questions about how I determine the sizes and spacings of wood in a project like this and there are a number of methods used, notably is the Golden Ratio. What I tend to do is to trust my eye first and often, when I check my drawing against the Golden Ratio it matches pretty closely! Another method you don’t hear about too often is basing project sizes off of the material you have available. For example, to determine how wide to make the sides of the frame a piece of wide Basswood was evenly cut in half — voila; that’s the width! It was drawn to scale before actually cutting but I’m sure I’m not the only woodworker that bases the size of project parts on the material available.

Constructing the frame starts by milling the material, for me a combination of hand and power tools like this scrub plane, table saw, power planer, and jointer plane. You’ll find the term hybrid woodworking used to describe this method — often I’ll say the power tools are my apprentices and then I use the hand tools refine that process. Since the horizontal pieces are 5″+ a 1/2″ deep mortise was cut the entire length with a 1″ deep by 2″ long tenon. This is to prevent the piece from wracking. Again, the hollow chisel mortiser and table saw starts the work and then the tenons are sized to fit with hand tools. On the mortiser I’ll use a 1/2″ gauge block to set the depth for the haunch then remove it for the tenon (see picture below). u save gas station grants pass Once satisfied with the joinery it’s time for glue up and at over 3′ wide I needed to get creative with clamping. gas in babies By clamping a 6′ bar clamp to the assembly table I was able to pull it off!

Now that the frame is assembled it’s time to add the elements. One thing that needed to be done was to rabbet out the back to fit the spandrel. This was done with a 3/8″ rabbeting bit in the router, decided it would be easer to radius the spandrel than to square the corners! The 2″ wide columns were created with a single bead router bit. The crown and dentil molding was purchased from Barger Molding. I thought I’d need to make the small cove located below the bottom horizontal piece but found a piece of molding that had it there and ripped it off, only about a 3/8″ cove. The top and horizontal piece at the bottom were glued, screwed, and plugged. Wanted to be sure they were as secure as possible since those areas might be used as “handles”! The rest was glued and attached with 23 gauge pins — they say they’re almost invisible but I disagree, a test piece shows them so they were all covered with Bondo surfacing putty and sanded, yes I’m particular! In the test piece the pins at the top were puttied, bottom left alone.

A Tabernacle style picture frame has been on my “want to do” list for a long time and although I’ve had artists occasionally express interest in having one made, up until now it has just been talk. One of my clients was picking up some frames and casually asked if I was interested in designing one for her — my response was a quick “YES”! If you’re not familiar with the style, here is a LINK to a page of images. They can be quite complex and ornate, many are designed to sit on a mantle or shelf, and others hang on the wall. At 29″ x 43″ this one is rather large and will be wall hung. My client prefers to keep it somewhat contemporary rather than the super carved and ornate. The finish will be black over red clay with the black brought back to replicate wear and add patina to the piece. So far it’s been quite a process designing it but that’s fun! I’m pretty much given free artistic license and some of the elements will be created in the shop and others will be store bought. It took quite some time to come up with the 1/4 scale drawing that you see at the left but let me share the process taken to get there.

I’ve found that with a piece of this size and complexity it’s very difficult to scale out, unlike a furniture piece there are many little details that will make up the frame. 1 unit electricity cost in bangalore It was easier to find some crown molding and also a dentil detail at Barger Molding then it would be for me to make such a small amount of it. They’re the company that mills the molding I designed for my frames too. Once I had those elements it was time to lay them out and get a full visual of the future frame. Over-all the frame will measure approximately 36″ wide by 55″ long. A piece of butcher paper became the painting and a newspaper taped together became the spandrel. Cardboard of varying widths was cut to get an over-all look at the ratio of frame to spandrel to painting. There is virtually nothing to be found on the web about how these frames are put together so using my years of experience at building furniture decided that’s the best route to take. Sizing the spandrel is important as well as the shape of the arch on top. power company near me I bought some gold paper and cut a couple of different shapes for the artist to choose from:

Quite a number of years ago I found a carving of a mirror frame on Pinterest and saved it. This was of a tulip and it’s leaves that wrapped around on side of it. The carving was by someone named Athanasian Pastrikou and it really captivated me. I loved the way he carved the tulip so a few years later it was time to challenge myself and see if I could capture his style on a cross. If you look at his website you can see I have a ways to go but that’s what it’s all about, keep challenging and never be satisfied with where your skill set is at any time! I’ve tried to find out what I can about this man and believe he’s from Greece, in any case the credit for the design goes to him.

My first attempt on this was a simple relief carving which turned out okay. Then it was time to attempt to capture the curling leaf at the bottom which I did out of Basswood. That cross hangs in my shop to remind me of where my strength and skills come from. Sometimes it gets in my Instagram or blog post pictures so from time to time I’ve been asked to make them for others. Well, I had some free time so decided the time was right to carve a cross or two! I started out with Basswood. Since that’s the type of wood the majority of my custom picture frames are made of I usually have scraps of it in the shop. The project begins by transferring the design to the wood and then cutting that wood into a T-shape as you can see here on the Cherry wood I needed to switch to, why switch? Well check out how the original Basswood refused to cut cleanly:

After transferring the pattern the next step is cutting lap joints for the cross arm. gas x chewables reviews This picture is of the Basswood but the process is the same. Placement of the cross arm is up to you, I prefer the placement on the second cross I did. The cross arm is about 3/4″ square to match the T section of the motif. Easy enough to do this by hand with a saw, chisel, and router plane to finish it off. The area that over-laps is about 1/4″ thick and a combination of files and chisels is used to finesse the outer edges. Next up is the carving itself. Won’t go into the exact procedures and chisels used but basically once the motif is outlined the background (cross) is lowered. Next up is the challenge of making the wood look like a tulip and leaves. Must of been okay since both of them sold!

Currently have a couple of commissions for picture frames, one of them being a Tabernacle style which is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’d like to continue the carving work and do a few more of these before Christmas so check back if you were interested in them. Here are the finished crosses, the one on the left was the first one completed. You can spot subtle differences but that’s what hand craftsmanship is all about, there’s a saying that goes something like: “the beauty of an item made by hand are its’ imperfections” and I can definitely live with that!

This is the most exciting thing to happen in October for sure, this is the first gallery to represent me since our move to Phoenix. The timing was just right, I approached the owner of the gallery; Phillip Payne, as he was going through some changes and looking for ways to diversify the gallery. The name of the gallery is changing from Desert Mountain Fine Art to Anticus. zyklon b gas effects Phillip is an amazing sculptor as is his father Kenneth. If you check out the link to the galleries website you’ll see the variety of artists he represents and the services he offers. My work is unique to the gallery, he will be representing my premium, hand crafted boxes that feature the Kumiko inserts in their lids. I’m also working on another series of boxes that will feature exotic woods and the hand crafted joinery I’m known for. Like other high end galleries, there is an area where clients can view art in a setting that is more home like rather than an open gallery space. There was ample room to display the Cherry sofa table and we thought if fit perfectly. electricity rate per kwh philippines Diane and I discovered the gallery (located at 7012 E Greenway Pkwy, Suite 160 Scottsdale AZ 85254) when we were going for our anniversary dinner. It’s in the Kierland area of North Scottsdale which is an amazing area of shops and eating establishments. Come check it out!

Through the Store at Mesa Art Center I was fortunate to have a recent Kumiko insert box included in a recent story about local artists that incorporated traditional Japanese and Celtic work into theirs. Phoenix has a sister city in Japan, Hemeji and that’s the connection. This photograph is on page 40 of their November issue. Honored to have my work included in their story.

When it comes to picture framing you’ve probably heard me refer to myself as a “boutique framer”, in other words; designing a frame specifically for the artwork or occasion. Diane (website link) has been invited to participate in an upcoming show at the Meyer-Vogl Gallery. The show is titled Plunge and the theme is water. She has created five paintings to fit that theme. The frame is a fairly simple profile but for these, General Finishes milk paint in Persian Blue was chosen for the undercoat. The frames are oil gilded with 12 karat gold leaf which allows that blue hue to faintly show through the leaf — a water like effect! The sides were left painted. Here are four of the framed paintings: