Adirondack & Oxford (Lap-Joined) Frames

Exemplifying the inherent beauty of honest workmanship and its basis for decoration, lap-joints at the corners (forming what are sometimes called crosseted corners) offer the opportunity for simple decorative treatment. The blunt-cut Adirondack is the simple version of this type of frame, with the Oxford exploring decorative variations. (More on the Oxford in this blog post.)

WIDTHS: Available in any width starting at 5/8″.
WOODS: Available in any wood.

The simple Adirondack frame with smaller samples of its more elaborate partner, the Oxford frame.

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Advice from 1906

“(In framing) old rare prints… the frames should be made of the simplest wood bands, but as exquisitely finished as possible; the corners lap joined add much to the beauty of such frames.”
1906 framers’ manual

The Adirondack—

The Oxford—

Simple treatments of ends and a more elaborate design suggestive of possibilities.

 

Corner Treatments

Choose a single flush dowel or inlaid square plug at each corner.

 Adirondack Framed Examples—

Oxford Framed Examples—