Build a Greene-and-Greene Picture Frame
Shallow carving combines nicely with classic cloud-lift curves
Synopsis: This frame has all the hallmarks of the Greene-and-Greene style that inspired it: rounded edges, stepped sides, square pegs, and cloud-lift patterns. But it also has some modern touches, such as the carving around the edges of the cloud lifts, and the choice of cherry as the wood instead of mahogany. The frame is held together with sturdy mortise-and-tenon joinery, while the framed materials sit inside a rabbet. By leaving the pieces square while cutting the joints, construction is simplified. The curves, carving, and pegs come later. In addition to step-by-step instructions on making this frame, this article also has an ingenious method for making pillowed pegs that can be used on any project.
From Fine Woodworking #224
A picture frame is an ideal project for a woodworker, regardless of skill level. It requires very little material, so it’s inexpensive to build. Plus, it can be built quickly, offering a nice change of pace from complicated furniture projects that can take weeks or even months to complete.
With its rounded edges, stepped sides, square pegs, and distinctive cloud-lift patterns, this Greene-and-Greene-inspired frame resembles a piece of heirloom furniture. But I added a twist to the design by carving around the edges of the cloud lifts, and by using cherry instead of mahogany, which the Greenes favored.
Sturdy mortise-and-tenon joints hold the frame together, while the framed materials sit inside a rabbet. The profiles are cut with a jigsaw or bandsaw and cleaned up with a router and a simple half-template. And the carving, done with a marking knife and chisel, is a good introduction to some basic carving techniques.
Joinery first: The frame fits a standard mat that is 18 in. tall by 24 in. wide. The dimensions can be adjusted for different frame sizes, but check that the…