|Project by Chuck McIntyre||posted 12-30-2015 07:01 AM||621 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
Every year my father-in-law takes my two brothers-in-law and I on a golf trip. We have done this for several years with destinations including Bandon Dunes, Cabo San Lucas and, this year, Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs. The golf and, more importantly, the camaraderie is phenomenal. This year I wanted to do something special for him for Christmas. I picked up a flag while we were at the Broadmoor and planned to have it matted and make a frame for it.
A couple weeks ago it occurred to me that I had not actually done anything to make this project come to life. Having never made a frame before, I was a little intimidated by the prospect of all the little intricate things that go into a picture frame – how deep to make the rabbets, getting the glass cut to the exact size and, most importantly, the miters.
I was pleasantly surprised with the results. The miters came out better than I ever dreamed. I was going to make a miter sled but decided to try it with just my miter saw station (posted in another one of my projects) and a little engineering. I cut the miter on the first end of each piece. I then took a piece of 3/4” BB the same width as the frame 12” long and cut one end at 45*. I put the square end of this piece against the stop on my miter station fence, set it for 12” longer than I wanted my frame piece to be and slid the end of the frame I had already mitered into the the gap (as if it were one long board) and cut the other end. All four frame pieces came out to the exact lengths I was looking for. I was pretty impressed with myself. I used biscuits in the corners to hold it all together.
I finished it with three coats of satin Arm-R-Seal. The folks at Michael’s made the matte for me and my wife sewed the flag to the matte. A local trophy shop did the engraving on the little plate you see mounted at the bottom of the matte. I struggled with the back. I used 1/4” BB for the back and another layer of 1/4” BB glued over the seam between the back and the frame to seal it up so the little picture-loving bugs can not get in. I have seen a sealing tape used for this purpose before but could not find any locally with the little window of time I had left myself. If anyone sees any big-time issues with this method please let me know.
Thank you for taking the time to read the novel that I have written about such a simple project.
-- Wood is a gift from God that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.