|Project by oldguy2||posted 02-24-2016 03:10 PM||745 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
For Christmas I bought my wife 2 3-D pictures 16 by 20 already mounted. And it was time to get to the fun of picture framing. I am still plowing through the oak I have so it was to be an oak frame and I thought the country look with projecting edges would be nice. I also am not so good at miters probably since I have avoided this lesson and need to put on my best tool apron and do a few practice ones ( anyone else out there in this boat !! ) The oak frame pieces are 2 and 3/4 inch wide. Now I really have done half lap joints before and just not for a full square picture frame which I knew would be more precise. That took more time laying it out and one pic is the white sliding table and it shows the extra lines on the back side of the board as you cut on the underside. My test cut for half depth were easy and worth it. I started about half in inside the final edge then moved closer. yep experience …. don’t cut the line first. Layout.. I had matched the top and bottom transferring the lap joints and leaving an inch projection. then the left and right sides. I use blue chalk which is easy to clean to mark any x or cut or up or down I want to, just to make sense of the order of 8 half laps and which on the up side of the board and the down side of the board. I also had to mark the back side of the boards since you would always cut on the underside with a table saw. Cleaning out the waste in oak was so easy with chisel and a few mallet hits. I rounded over the edges in a pattern I wanted trying to avoid the inside corners. I did round over the projections just for the look I wanted. I hand routed the 1/4 inch recess for the mounting with the frame dry fit. The stain is cypress from minwax, which you may or may not find but a light medium tint. wiped into the oak. Then 2 coats of spray poly.