|Project by RussInMichigan||posted 05-28-2016 05:36 PM||786 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
A picture frame made for my sister in law to give to a retiring colleague. The overall size is 18 1/8” diameter. The small photo openings are 3” across and the large one is 7 1/2”. The wood is maple and the finish is Watco Natural Danish Oil.
Question for you lumberjocks: has any of you seen a frame like this anywhere online. I spent some time looking, but was not able to find one like this anywhere.
This was quite a challenge. I don’t own Forstner bits of the right size, so I had to use the router to make all the openings and recesses. The first material I chose had undesirable coloration when I began machining it, so this is round two of material selection.
First image is the completed frame.
Next is the concept sketch.
Then, a glue up with layout and reference lines, together with one of the several jigs I made to pull this off. This one is just a straightedge on a radius to allow me to complete the layout lines.
The fourth one shows the first opening cut and the template jig I made to cut the holes. My pattern bit was too long so the I made a stacked jig. Each hole was routed in several passes and I could remove a layer from the jig to lower the router. When the MDF dust started flying, I knew I was through the maple.
The image with the big orange router is showing the center opening being cut.
Last is a pic showing a centering jig for locating the template used to route the small photo rabbets from the back.
Have a great day lumberjocks.