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Old 03-07-2012, 12:35 AM   #376
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I spent about half the day hopping between custom framing shops trying to find somebody to sell me supplies for framing. These custom frames got my hand into a whole new trade. Yeesh!

The first framing shop turned their nose up at me. Apparently they don't sell supplies, only do the jobs themselves. Fair enough. They gave me a referral to a wholesaler an hour South. I got to the parking lot and read the name, then realize it's one that has turned me away twice already because I don't have a shopfront. Not sure if that was an "oops" or a "f*@% you".

The second store was pretty pricey, especially for being in the back half of a thrift store. She was willing to sell me supplies, but with a pretty hefty markup. A cutter that's $149 on Amazon was $219 plus tax and the $199 cutter was $279 plus tax. I know that she has to get her cut and so does her distributor, but I can only put cash in so many pockets. She had a used 60" cutter, but it was way out of my price range at $1000.

The third store was awesome. I walked in and noticed the ceiling was poorly patched. Bingo! Like good restaurants, I find the best retail relationships with owners to be in these types of places. Owned by a veteran, so that gave a great talking point. We didn't always understand what each other was saying, but he's a great guy.

Let me clarify that... most framers I've met fall seem to fall into two groups: those that guard the "trade secrets" of framing like it were a religious artifact, and those that openly share their trade to get customers involved.

Anyway, this guy was great. I recognized many of his tools, his mouldings, and even his distributors. He told me he sells a pane of 11x14 glass for $9.xx, then turned around and sold me two, plus a piece about 4x6 for a total of $15 with tax included. Also tossed in some pieces of ugly mustard-color mat for practice.

Then he sold me a mat cutter for $250 that was bought for $750 a few years back and had a little use. Looks like it's missing one screw in a standard size. Feel like I made out like a bandit. He also showed me how to use it, and answered every framing question I had, then help me out to my car.

I'll probably buy all my glass from him, and definitely my mat sheets. Even if I don't break the bank at his shop, I'm certainly recommending him to friends.

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So anyway, once I got back, I worked on my scrolling a bit more. Yanno, on the scroll saw...

I had previously been printing the image mirrored, gluing it on the back, and then scrolling the backside. I figure I was going to glue the back to something anyway, so why not? Turns out, if the blade isn't perfectly vertical at all times (like if you sideload it accidentally), you end up with a different image on the front. And usually it's a ****ed up one. That's what happened to attempt #2.

Today I wised up. I got some blades with 28 teeth per inch (I had been using 11.5 teeth per inch), moved from 13/16" to 5/16" hard rock maple, and started scrolling on the front. How? Cover the whole piece in 2" or 3" strips of blue painter's tap, then spray can adhesive (3M #77 works great) on the back of the pattern, and stick it to the tape. I made the mistake of spraying the board instead of the pattern, and ended up with a sticky ass board where the pattern didn't cover.

Anyway... here's what I got done today. Started at 4pm, and went til just after 9pm.

One hour:


Two hours:


Three hours:


Four hours:
Forgot to take a picture

Five hours:


Sanded the back very lightly, because it's rather fragile, to remove some of the fuzzies. I think it'll mount nicely on a piece of cherry. Screwed up in a couple places, and it's rather noticeable because the pattern is so... so... perfectly curved? Even width? Symmetrical? With cursive text? Probably a combination of all of the above.
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You misspelled fallen.


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Asked the carpenter to make a plaque for it. I was thinking cherry. He was thinking the other half of the same maple board.



I would have liked two tone, but I think it still looks pretty darn nice and there's no glue showing.

This one's getting donated to Disabled American Veterans.
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Last night, I went to go meet the wife as she got off work to take her on a surprise shopping trip. Ended up halfway there when she got off early, then I hit a roadblock on the highway that diverted me and about 500 other cars bumper-to-bumper down some very rough (up and down) unpaved farm roads. They were covered in silt and so much dust was kicked up that I needed my wipes and headlights.

Once I got there, I took her to Home Depot while I did some shopping, then took her to Lowe's and made her pick some curtains. Sounds easy, right?

We spent about two hours in the curtains and rods aisle. The employees knew the score - nobody came to help us, thank goodness, knowing there was nothing they could do to help her. At first she wanted these traditional sheer red metallic finish curtains with an apron (or whatever the secondary curtain up top is called), but then she got stuck on two-rod solutions that she didn't like. Dodged a bullet there... she wanted the cheapie-looking curtains on the cheapie-looking rod with the cheapie end and cheapie rings.

I ended up helping her along, and we ended up with chocolatey brown curtains with large grommets up top (so we didn't need clips, rings, sliders, etc). The rod is about 1" in diameter, and capped on either end with a piece of polished quart-veined marble that looks like a Hershey Kiss. Well, not really, but you'll see soon enough.

I've had three gallons on the Ivory paint in Duration Interior Satin sitting around that I've been collecting at Sherwin sales since last August. Just picked up a gallon on "Brilliance" flat bright white ceiling paint at a sale a few weeks ago when buying polyurethane (to get me over $50 to use a $10 off deal), so it was essentially a free gallon. Also picked up 1" and 2" masking tape yesterday, and a 18" brown paper roll.

So today was bedroom renovation day, part 1...
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Started yesterday by taking the closet doors off and removing much of the furniture to the dining room. These doors are functional, but a little dirty. And like every other piece of stained wood in this house, they were never sealed with anything. You can probably see where somebody used an aerosol graphite. They loved the **** to death and used it on every hinge in the house... without masking off what was near it. As a result, everything looks dingy and dirty near the hinges. These doors got sanded lightly, will get primed, and painted to match the trim in the rest of the house. She picked some pewter pulls for them, I'm replacing the worn hardware, and using nickel hinges.




Took of what little casing was in the room this morning. Only the inside of the door and the closet had any.




A before shot of one of our makeshift blackout curtains. Useful when working the graveyard shift, but not so pretty. Note that I'd already started removing stuff from the room.




And the other makeshift curtain was a crochet blanket. This accent wall... I get it, but it didn't work in practice. The one behind the bed would have made a much better accent wall. Plus, the blue went about 1" past the corner and onto the ceiling too.




Not sure if I ever showed the holes in the wall when we moved in, but they patch I put on has been unpainted (and untextured), waiting for some love, since last July.




See? No base boards! Haven't been any since we moved in. The phone jack didn't have a dial tone and was covered in paint/texture, so I ripped it off, and will hide the wires behind the baseboard in case they're needed in the future.

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Just Started (only primed the accent wall so far):







Everything is taped off with 2" blue painter's tape. 18" brown paper covers the windows and the edge of the floor. 0.4 mil plastic sheeting covers the rest of the floor.


Half of the ceiling has its first coat, and I put an Ivory sample on the existing paint:

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A few days ago, I bought a mat cutter to help with the picture frame project. Last night, we picked up a glass cutter at the wife's request. She still really wants to bypass the frame shop and cut her own glass. :\ After about 3 hours of practice and tuning, I'm getting perfect mats out of the cutter!

It's a 40" long cutter, so it handles full sheets (which are 32"x40"). It has a 27" squaring arm and can cut windows with borders up to 5" wide using production stops. I'm sure it's possible to cut wider freehand.




Cutting 2/3 of a matboard down to a strip, then three 11" x 14" mats for practice.






Some close-ups of the production stops.





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Making a border of 1" (8" x 11"). I know I didn't leave any space for the document to mount to (it would fall through the window), but these were just for practice.




Inserting the blade at the start of the cut




Finishing the cut




The wonky results I was getting before all that adjustment.






I'm now within 1/128" over an 11" span with perfect corners that fall out on their own. No perfect cut pictures, sorry.
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Two coats of ceiling paint and two coats of paint on the walls later, here we are.







Tomorrow morning we start on the moulding, closet doors, her curtains, and putting everything else back the way it was.
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Woops. Looks like I forgot an entire update.

After the day full of painting, we set up the bed in the dining room for the night. The wife liked the contrast with the bead board so much, she wants it in the bedroom now too.



I got spent most of the morning picking up ten 8' kiln-dried Douglas Fir 2x4s to build backing strips out of for the crown. Plywood beveled on two edges probably would have sufficed also, but cutting on-edge against the fence isn't an idea situation.



Ran out of baseboard half way through the room. Arrgh! And then ran out of time to finish the crown. Boy is that stuff... irritating to try to do quickly. Everything wasn't back in the room and put together until nearly 10pm. The wife got to put up her new curtains, which she'd been waiting all day to do.



Rearranged the armoire so I had more walking space on my side of the bed. Makes the room feel much larger.



Door/window casing didn't get done at all. :\

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There's certainly some room for improvement on my technique for the crown. Most of the problem stemmed from be not measuring the angle before I installed the backing boards (because then the protractor didn't fit in the corner, and I had to measure 3-4 inches down the wall). However, this painted stuff is exceptionally forgiving in that it can be caulked and painted over. Not so with stained. Cut it short? Start over.



The wife is very happy with how the polished marble ends on the curtain rods set off the colors of the room. She also got matching marble tie backs (not pictured).



I'm pretty happy with the outcome.
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The wife picked out some new pulls for the closet doors. On the left, the old one from the bedroom (on the brown stained bi-folds) and on the right, the old one from the office (on the white painted bi-folds). The center is the one she picked out, in pewter.





The carpenter was kind enough to start priming and then start painting the closet bi-folds I sanded down. He's making good progress, but with all those slats, it's slow going. Two days ago, I came home to completed casing on the inside of the bedroom door and on the bedroom closet. That was a surprise.



This morning I experimented with 1" and 2" borders on the mats for the pictures. I think I like the 2" borders for the double mats, but we'll see what the wife says. Obviously, she gets the final say. Also hammered in the hangers, put the glass in, and adhered the rubber corner bumpers. We bought a piece of "replacement glass" from Home Depot because she wants to prove to me she can cut it safely for the next round of frames.

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The 3:1 poly clear heat shrink tubing came in a few days back. Got to play with that and the head gun earlier. Heated up my fingers a few times real good.



The end-result is much nicer than my Ritz cracker carton solution I was using before. 12 pairs down of banana plugs down, 24 pairs to go.


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