Category Archives: Picture 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

 

 

 

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

 

 

Create a Special Clock for Any Young Athlete

1. Raw

When I spotted this unfinished panel and frame in my local craft store, I had an idea for combining them into a clock. I started by drilling a small hole in the center of the panel for the clock shaft, then gave the wood a light sanding.

2. GrayFor me, two separate pieces means two different colors. I stained the square panel with Minwax® Wood Finish™ in “Classic Gray,” wiping off the excess stain to allow the grain to show with just a light gray tint.

3. Blue

I then used Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain in “Navy Blue” to stain the frame.

4. Poly

After the stain dried, I protected the wood with a few coats of Minwax® Polycrylic™ Protective Finish.  Once completely dried, I then attached the “Navy Blue” frame to the “Classic Gray” panel with glue and finish nails.

5. NUmbers

Rather than use traditional numbers, I pressed on self-adhesive baseball decals, then slipped the clock hands over the shaft.

6. Hero

Not only did I have fun being creative with my clock design, I also now have a unique gift to give to a young athlete I know.

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

Tips For Cleaning Pictures

When I went to move this framed photograph of my grandfather, Myron Hickok, who taught all of his grandchildren how to ride, I realized how dirty it had become. When I reached for my glass cleaner, I remembered some sage advice: never spray glass cleaner directly onto the glass picture frame. First, the cleaner will seep behind the glass and ruin the picture or artwork. Second, the solvents in the glass cleaner can damage the finish on your frame. Instead, spray the cleaner onto a soft cloth, then rub the glass. And use the much safer Minwax® Wood Cabinet Cleaner to remove the dirt and grime on the wooden frame.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce