Last week I decided that these rugs would look great as wall hangings in the entry of our new home if I could come up with a way to simultaneously hang them and hide the damage. That meant I had to do something different with each one in order to hide the damage and leave as much of the rug as possible on display. I also didn't want to damage them further in coming up with a way to hang them.
I went to my hardwood supplier and found some maple with nice figure on closeout that I thought would look good. Things turned out well and my wife is happy, so that's a relief. I thought I would share a bit about the frame I made for the tapestry.
I was hesitant to make a mitered frame because I don't have a shooting board set up for miters. Somewhat pessimistically, I decided to take a chance, cut the miters on my Millers Falls miter box and then try to free-hand plane them to a perfect fit. To my great surprise, three of the corners came out tight off the saw and the fourth was off only a degree or so. I very gingerly planed it and, whadayaknow, it closed up.
I used floating tenons, OK biscuits :(, and the frame came out flat and square. I never cease to be amazed by the versatility and precision of the Langdon Acme miter box. It is a marvel of industrial engineering.
The next issue was how to fasten the tapestry to the frame without damaging it and I hit on an idea. Why not use thin battens held in place with the metal clips intended to fasten table tops to their bases? This worked well although it was a bit fussy.
Hand made Navajo tapestries aren't perfectly straight and square so It took some fiddling to make it look right. I almost made rabbets in the back of the frame for the tapestry to sit in but I am glad I didn't because this fiddling would have been near impossible if I had.
I have several more to go but I need more maple. Since they aren't damaged, it will be easy to hang them from the top like the one on the fireplace.
By the way, I cannot stand this stair railing, which is totally inappropriate for the style of house. Someday this will be a log staircase, but I have to find a source for the logs.