One of Picture Frames major picture framing projects for this month was for another London gallery, Long & Ryle. Picture framing original oils by the artist Geoff Routh. These were fairly large pieces, mostly 5′ x 4′, and had a particularly special framing requirement, as they had to match a piece the gallery already possessed. After fruitlessly searching for a moulding that would match the original, we decided to have a machinist produce the material to our exact specification in natural tulip wood, or poplar.
This moulding was particularly deep, and being used on large frames, so the usual method of underpinning and glue would not have sufficient strength to hold without cracking.
For these picture frames therefore, we employed a different technique. After cutting to size, the frames were glued and underpinned to temporarily support the joint. The joints were then secured by sinking large screws across the corners.
This obviously left large holes in each of the corners, for which a plug cutter was used to cut matching circular pieces of tulip wood, then glued in to the screw holes and sanded flush to the surface. This technique provides massive strength whilst being nearly invisible, and proved more than adequate for this task.
We then also needed a ‘tray’ to actually support the canvas, very similar to last month’s project, but this time we decided to use a different approach. It was felt that timber matching the frame would give a better result, and fitted properly would give us a picture frame that was totally rigid, and to use one of Hope’s favourite expressions, ‘Bomb-proof!’.
The tray was cut and joined so it exactly fitted the rebate of the frame, then we used a pocket hole jig to position neat countersunk holes around the periphery of the frame. This jig means that every hole is cut to the perfect angle and depth, so that there is no risk of drilling straight through the frame and wrecking all our efforts!
The finished result is a very neat, and virtually indestructible construction, which is then ready for its final stain and finish. The results were particularly impressive, so much so that the frame has been adopted into our collection for future projects.
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A rather challenging project this one. The beautiful oil painting Oliver brought into us to picture frame came in four seperate pieces. So John our framer had quite a puzzle on his hands. Undaunted as ever, John sketched his plan out (getting slightly ridiculed by his work mates for drawing each screw thread in minute detail). So between John our picture framer and Paul our talented hand-finisher the project was destined to be Picture Frames Project of the Month.
Oliver Akers Douglas is exhibiting his work in November at the prestigious Portland Gallery in London, so look out for that.