This weekend I spent a bunch of time working on some elaborate (for me) mirror frames. I failed pretty miserably and for the most part know what I did wrong and what I should do different next time. That said, it was pretty disappointing. Two nice oak boards ruined and wasting of time has me pretty down.
Anyways, maybe you guys can give me some guidance. My major issue came with the miter glue up, which by the time I did it, I couldnt accurately clamp because of the routing I had done. My shaping was as follows, from ouside in on the boards.
Dado round over strip mounted in it
Cabinet panel bit used to slope the inside down toward the mirror
1/4” rabbet on the underside
I am thinking that I probably shold have done the outside Ogee and the underside rabbet after the glue up, which would have left me more clamping area. Is that the best way to glue up miters? I should have added that I did use my Dewalt Plate Jointer as well.
Also, another quick question about routing. When I did the rabbet on the underside, I had some significant tearout on some of the boards, but not others. Same with the dado I cut with a new up cut straight bit when I made the second pass (1/2” bit I had to run twice to get me to 3/4”). Was it a matter of grain most likely?
Ugh, so disappointing
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