Building Picture Frames

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Project by mounttod posted 03-28-2016 04:56 PM 534 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past Holiday season I made several frames for family members but I never got around to uploading the project. I underestimated how difficult it can be to get a perfect miter on all 4 corners of a frame. Overall this was a fun project and I learned a ton.

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#1 posted 03-28-2016 08:10 PM

Excellent job! Those miter splines will keep those tight miters “tight” for a long time to come.

I hear you pain about getting perfect miters. Some tricks are to flip each piece for the cut, so, say you had an actual 46 deg cut on one end, the mating side would be at 44 deg.

Another trick for the smaller frames is to glue up one corner. This joint can close perfectly even if it is off a tad. Now you can align the tips of the frame corners with the straight edge on a panel jig (repeat for the other half of the frame). A slight trim cut and each half will join perfectly. Hard to describe.

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#2 posted 03-28-2016 08:18 PM

Thank you. That’s a great idea on getting all 4 corners perfect. I actually did this on one of the smaller frames that was give me a fit. However, I wasn’t smart enough to check both sides against a straight edge. I just fiddled with them until they came together descent.

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#3 posted 03-28-2016 10:24 PM

Nice work, Yes they can be a challenge no doubt.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 03-29-2016 02:34 PM

This is very nice work. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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