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    Learning to build furniture, cabinets, and aquarium cabinet stands I can be proud of.

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  1. Hi guys! Wow, thanks so much for all the quick and helpful replies! I'm sorry I don't have time to reply to everyone individually as I'm still hustling to get all our Christmas stuff made, bought, wrapped, baked, etc., but I really appreciate all the help and advice. @TIODS - Honestly, I think you hit on the most obvious and easiest idea of all, to simply cannibalize a cheap frame from the store. Originally, I was going to make a frame of a custom, non standard size to fit an old photo that was laminated and of an unusual size. My wife has now convinced me that I'd be better off to scan that old photo and reprint it at a standard 8"x10" size, so now I'm going to cut my frame down to those standard dimensions, which means I can use parts from a standard frame. We'll be headed out in a few minutes and I'll check the dollar stores or the Mega-Lo-Mart for cheap frames. To everyone else, thank you again for all the advice. I will definitely be making more frames in the future and will definitely be referring back to the suggestions here, but with time running out I think making my frame a standard 8"x10" and using parts from a cheap frame from the store is the easiest, fastest solution. I will add that I think I want this frame to be something that's easy for the recipient to change the photo if needed. I will be giving one frame to my sister for sure, and if time another to my mother-in-law, and I don't want them to have to struggle with nails, staples, glazier's point, tape and other more permanent solutions. But, in the future those ideas may well be the best way to go. Thanks again everyone, I really, really appreciate the help! Happy Holidays and Happy Woodworking to everyone! -TWS
  2. Hi guys! Just a quick question or two I hope someone can help me with. I'm making a last minute picture frame as a holiday gift, and I'm not sure what to use for the backing board. I'm talking about the material that holds everything in the frame, not the matte for the photo or anything like that, which seems to be all I turn up when I search for that info. I am assuming maybe some thin MDF or thick cardboard? I am also building a toy box for my nephew, and I have some left over chalk board material that they sell at Home Depot. It's hardboard of some kind, I think, would this work? I'm on a time limit here, so whatever I need I have to be able to grab it at HD or Lowes over the next day or so. Here's a link to the chalk board material I have, it says it's MDF in the description. Would this work, or would this be too heavy? Also, what are the little clips or bracket that they use to hold the backing board in place on the frame? Is there something I can use that I can buy locally rather than ordering something special? Ideally, I'd like this project done for Christmas, so any info you guys had would be very much appreciated! As always, thanks in advance for your time and help considering my questions! -TheWoodShouter
  3. Yes, lacewood might be another option. I'm leaning towards the bubinga because of its color and because I know my local hard wood guy has it. This weekend or next I'll have to get out to the to the hardwood shop and see what he's got going. Thanks for the help! LOL, if you only knew :-) But thank you, I'm just trying to be civil and remember that for the most part everyone is well meaning in their replies and suggestions even if it doesn't directly answer my question. Thanks for the comment! -TheWoodShouter
  4. I really hope so, I always try ;-) Thanks for stopping by! -TheWoodShouter
  5. Sorry to dig this up, but I was wondering how the long term usability turned out for this enclosure? And comments would be much appreciated. -TheWoodShouter
  6. Hello, wtnhighlander! Thank you for joining in, you've helped me in that past as well. I always appreciate everyone's help, but in this case I really was very, very impressed with The Wood Whisperer's choice of materials and final product. If I could get my hands on some of that prized Afzelia I'd go that route, but I think my budget dictates something more common like the Bubinga. Thank you very much for stopping by though! Llama, I know you have commented on my posts in the past, and frankly I thought your comment was quite funny. Please keep it up ;-) Damn straight! I really like what The Wood Whisperer does, and as an amatuer "noob" I was hoping to come close to something that looked that great. Obviously, I can do things differently, but for anyone that actually watched that video, I doubt you can do any better at least as far as the choice of materials. And that's all I was really asking about. Thank you very much for stopping by my post and offering your comments! Eric., you've helped me with other questions on other posts too, and I very much appreciate your help. I was just really hoping to find more info about the Afzelia wood, but I also appreciate your perspective and suggestions. Please keep them coming! Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to consider my post! -TheWoodShouter JosephThomas, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to leave you out. Thank you very much for stopping by and commenting on my post. Sometimes I think you are correct, but I try to remember that I'm a newbie and I try to be gracious to everyone that offers a suggestion to one of my questions. I hope I hear more from you soon! -TWS
  7. Hi, Marc! We've chatted briefly by email in the past, and I very much appreciate you jumping in here too. Yeah, I had never heard of afzalia before, but was very impressed with the the end result of your frame project. However, for my budget in think I'll have to try the bubinga. Thank you for taking the time to reply to my post, I really appreciate it. And keep up the great videos! Thanks again! TheWoodShouter
  8. That's a great point! Something to think about. TWS
  9. Eric., thank you again for your advice, I appreciate it. I definitely realize I can do things differently and choose my own designs and materials, which I've done on frames previously, but the one Marc made just seemed perfect for what I want to do as a gift for my sister. I had never before heard of the afzalia wood, and thought it looked really sharp, but I was a little stunned by some of the prices I saw online. I'll most likely be using the bubinga instead, and may do things differently than the video, but I'd like to stick with that combination of materials, I just thought it looked great. Thanks again, I always appreciate your help! -TWS
  10. Lol, I'll keep that in mind! I just wanted to stick with what he did because it came out really nice, and I was previously unfamiliar with afzalia wood. Now, I've discovered that's it's ridiculously expensive, so I guess I've learned two things ;-) -TheWoodShouter
  11. Yes, it does look like bubinga would be very similar, and since I can get that from my local hardwood place I'll be going that route. Thanks again for your help, I really appreciate it! -TWS
  12. Hi, Mike.! Thanks for the tip. It's definitely maple, wenge and the afzalia in the Wood Whisperer's video, but if you think the Bubinga would be close I'll definitely check that out since I know I can get that locally. Thanks again for your suggestion! -TWS
  13. Hi, Eric.! thanks for the reply. I know I can use anything I like, but I wanted to use the same materials because the one Marc did looked fantastic. I was really hoping someone would know a place I could order just a little afzalia for a decent price, or if someone could suggests something that would be close and more redily available. In the original he used a figured maple, wenge and the afzalia. Any suggestions on where to buy the afzalia or what would be a close substitute would be much appreciated. Thank you! -TheWoodShouter
  14. Hi guys! For some holiday gifts I would like to make a picture frame like the one Marc built. In that video he uses afzalia wood in the frame. I cannot find this wood locally, and I looked online and found it to be very, very expensive. So I was wondering if anyone knew either where to purchase a small piece of this wood - enough to make a frame or two - or if there was a similar substitute I could use in its place. I'd appreciate any help or suggestions. The following link goes to Marc's video so you can see what I'm talking about: Thanks very much! -TheWoodShouter
  15. ^^Thank you, I think so too. I'm basically paying about $5/bf plus the labor, and they are doing a lot for me I think. Again, I just don't think I have the space most importantly, but also the skills, tools, and experience to pull this project off. If I was doing it for myself I'd be more incline to go ahead and try it, but because this is something for someone else, I'd prefer to have the shop do it. Thanks, Andy, for pointing me to the sag calculator in your previous post, and thanks also to TIODS and C Shaffer for linking me to the other one. I will have to try to figure out how much sag we can expect, and how to minimize that issue. thanks again guys, your help is really appreciated!! -TheWoodShouter And just to point it out, the hardwood dealer I go to is the least expensive in the area by at least a few sheckles per board foot, while still offering a quality product, most of which they mill themselves at a facility just north of the retail store I go to. I have heard others talk about the prices they pay for materials, and I'm jelous as I just can't find those deals near me. Maybe someday. Thanks again! -TWS