Category Archives: Frames

How to Restore a Framed Stained Glass Window (Again)

Tools Needed:

  • Minwax Indoor/Outdoor Helmsman Spar Urethane
  • Wood Glue
  • Hand Sander
  • Clamps
  • Cotton Swabs

Oak-Framed Stained Glass Window Damaged by Sunlight & Rain

Found: Stained Glass Window from Architectural Salvage

Twenty years ago (at least) I built an oak frame for this stained glass window I had found at an architectural salvage warehouse, which is the best place to find bargains like this! I gave it to a family member, who later hung it outdoors. When I recently spotted the window, it was stuck in the corner of a dark basement, falling apart. So, I took it back to my workshop.

Architectural Salvaged Oak Frame in Disrepair

As you can see, the weather had nearly erased the finish, but I knew I first had to deal with the four loose joints, as the rain had also broken down the glue holding the frame together. Follow along to see the steps I took to rehabilitate this stained glass window frame and give it a third life.

Loosening & Regluing Oak Frame Boards at Corners

1. Loosen and re-glue the boards.

I gently tapped the four boards of the frame apart, taking care not to loosen them to the point where the stained glass window would drop out of the grooves. I used a cotton swab to coat the inside of each joint with woodworker’s glue, then clamped them back together.

Sanding Oak Frame Down to Fresh Wood

2. Sand the frame down to fresh wood.

There was no possibility of saving the wood finish I had applied years ago. Besides that, the rain and sun had also discolored the surface of the oak frame, which all meant I would have to sand down to fresh wood.

Apply Minwax Helmsman Indoor/Outdoor Spar Urethane

3. Protect the wood with urethane.

Not sure just where the stained glass window would end up, I opted to protect the wood with Minwax Indoor/Outdoor Helmsman Spar Urethane, which has better resistance to moisture and sunlight than any interior finish.

Oak-Framed Stained Glass Window in Wood Shop

Right now the finished oak-framed stained glass window is hanging in my workshop — and both the window and I are hoping everyone will forget where it went….

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

 

 

 

Geometric Wall Art

I like nothing more than being able to make something that looks both complicated and expensive out of inexpensive materials — such as 1″ x 2″ strips of common pine. I started my wall art project by making a simple frame to fill a section of wall in our family room.

I then began experimenting with different lengths of 1″ x 2″ boards, cutting the ends at a 45-degree angle before both gluing and holding them together with finish nails.

With several pieces to stain and finish, I decided to use the aerosol version of Minwax® Polyshades®, which provides both stain color and a polyurethane finish at the same time. For this project I alternated boards finished with “Mission Oak,” “Classic Black,” and “Pecan.” Quick Tip:  it is easiest to stain each board before you attach it to the frame.

To keep my spacing uniform between each of the slats, I slipped in spacers of wood scraps before nailing each 1″ x 2″ board to the frame.

And while at first glance my wall art looks both complicated and expensive, it really was easy and fun to make.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

DIY Holiday Frame Gifts

The holidays are a time for pictures, and for those special handmade gifts that people cherish for years. So, why not combine the two?

Large commercial frames, however, are expensive, and cutting the notch in the back of each board requires a table saw or router. But I have found a way to avoid needing woodworking equipment — or paying high prices for large store-bought frames.

At most home improvement centers you can find 2’ and 4’ lengths of oak, pine and poplar boards in various thicknesses. By laying a narrow strip over a wider one, then tacking them together, you can create a notched board designed to hold the glass, your image and the backing.

After assembling this oak frame, I decided to stain it a holiday color, using Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain in “Green Tea.”

I applied the stain with a brush, then used a cloth to wipe off any stain the wood did not absorb.

Finally, I sealed the stain with the aerosol version of clear Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish. The great thing about Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish is that it dries in just minutes.

Which means it was ready to hang the same day.

I also made this frame, stained with Minwax® Wood Finish in “English Chestnut,” and decorated with holiday stickers I found at my local craft store.

So many frames, so many choices!

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

 

 

A Unique House-Warming Gift

1. Parts

I have friends who just moved into a new house in Cleveland, so I thought a special house-warming gift would be in order. For me, that means a stop by my local craft store, where I picked up a few items.

2. White Stain

I started by staining a piece of birch plywood with Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain in “Pure White,” applying it with a foam brush, then wiping off any stain the wood did not absorb.

3. Gel

For my trim and wooden letters, I selected Minwax® Gel Stain  in “Coffee” to achieve a pleasing contrast to my white plywood. Once dry, I glued the letters to the plywood.

5. Ohio 2

I then cut out and traced an outline of the state of Ohio onto the plywood, isolated it with blue painter’s tape, and dabbed on a layer of Gel Stain using a foam brush. As soon as I had completed the staining, I peeled off the tape.

6. Poly

I found this cute red heart in my craft store, so I glued it to my state to represent the city of Cleveland. Then I finished the entire wall plaque with Minwax® Polycrylic™ Protective Finish.

Hero

When it was all done, I had a special housewarming gift that they can hang in any room of their house.

Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce