|Project by cjones||posted 01-04-2010 02:51 AM||10909 views||62 times favorited||13 comments|
So I’ve never been a big fan of miters, at least as far as glue-ups go. I found this site and thought I could simplify it without losing any of its usefulness and also minimize human error.
Their version requires you to drill perfectly-evenly spaced holes in four pieces of hardwood. In mine, it’s already perfect.
The perforated metal bars were ~$5/ea at Home Depot. With the turnbuckle and the bolts, I think I spent about $30 total. The flat bars are galvanized and I don’t think they’ll react with tannin or anything, but if you’re worried about that, you can just cover the metal with clear packing tape.
I decided to use some leftover 1×4 pine that I dimensioned for the corner blocks. I figure the small flex the soft wood will have might be helpful. I may switch them out with hardwood in the future.
I also marked the bars with sharpie every 5 holes since I never learned to count past 5.
UPDATE: I had a problem with the nuts loosening and the bolts slipping, so I switched all the nuts to nylon lock-nuts. This tightens the whole system.
The frame in these pictures fits a map that’s 27” x 39”. (I’ll post that project when I’m finished with it.) I cross-measured the corners, and it’s square beyond my ability to measure it.
Let me know if you make one or if you have any ideas for improvements.
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