Picture Frames #2: progress

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Blog entry by Camper posted 09-22-2010 09:02 PM 1044 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: its a start Part 2 of Picture Frames series Part 3: At their final resting place »

I had a little more time to work on the picture frames. Now cut to final dimensions and mitered. The pictures are below.

I think the miters turned out pretty decent (better than I expected for a first timer). I used a miter cutting jig by Niki which is fairly easy to make. I had my suspicions that the jig was not built well but proved myself wrong.

The frame clamping strap from woodcraft for $1.75 works great!! :)

I also applied some danish oil on half of a scrap piece and there is a picture of that at the bottom as well. Is this the kind of difference I should expect or is there anything I can do to enhance the grain and color a bit more?

I guess the next post will be after they are finished with pictures in them. Initially I planned on adding splines but I think I will pass on that (still debating). The miters turned out OK and I should quit while I am ahead :)

Thanks for looking. Please do not hesitate to critique if you see something that can be done better. I am a self-taught hobbyist and can definitely use and welcome any and all advice.

-- Tampa-FL

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#1 posted 09-22-2010 09:13 PM


The miters look good. Nice clean joint.

I think you should add the splines. A miter joint doesn’t have a lot of strength without reinforcement. Splines arn’t much harder and really help maintain the joint a long time.

Look forward to seeing your next post.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 09-23-2010 03:32 AM

Thanks Herb. I guess I should start thinking about a spline jig. I guess I could use walnut splines, not too exciting but I am not sure that I have any matching wood.

Also do you have any ideas how i can enhance the grain a bit more. While the danish oil did help, I think I can use a bit more “pop”,,

-- Tampa-FL

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