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Project by Dave Rutan posted 07-29-2016 03:06 PM 736 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After I made this jig [link] for my table saw, I went ahead and did a quick and dirty experiment. I used the 45 degree miter aspect of it to cut four sides for a small picture frame. This was basically just to see how accurately the jig would cut. The wood is pine which was a cut-off from a board. I saved it at the time. Waste not want not!

[Below] I used a stop block clamped to the 30 degree miter side and cut all four pieces the same length.

[Below] Then I went over to the router table and cut a rabbet about half way up the thickness to hold the picture, glass and backer.

[Below] I glued it together and held it tight with several rubber bands. You can see that the miters match up pretty darn good, though not absolutely perfect. This may be from the piece slipping on the jig or my TS blade not being as sharp as it should be.

[Below] I sanded it and gave it a finish with Danish oil.

[Below] I took a scrap piece of plexi-glas and cut it to size on the table saw. Then I cut a backer piece from an old cereal box ad installed everything using glazier’s points.

[Below] I installed a sawtooth picture hangar on the back. The nails for it were too long, so I shortened them with a diagonal plier. Then I hung it up for the gallery picture. This didn’t come out bad especially as it was slap-dash.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 07-29-2016 03:20 PM

Dave,

Looks like the miter jig is working out great, and with that stop block to help expedite the process, you are ready for mass production.
As for your comment: ” You can see that the miters match up pretty darn good, though not absolutely perfect.”, I would say that it’s Picture Perfect !

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 07-29-2016 03:52 PM



Dave,

Looks like the miter jig is working out great, and with that stop block to help expedite the process, you are ready for mass production.
As for your comment: ” You can see that the miters match up pretty darn good, though not absolutely perfect.”, I would say that it s Picture Perfect !

- Oldtool

3 of the four corners were very good. Only one really showed any gap. I later put a square on this frame and it was a tiny bit off on two sides = one corner. I did one of my tricks and the gap in the corner went away.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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majuvla

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#3 posted 07-29-2016 06:14 PM

Realy accurate, nothing to add.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 07-29-2016 06:33 PM



Realy accurate, nothing to add.

- majuvla

And truly, more accurate than I expected.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 07-29-2016 11:02 PM


I did one of my tricks and the gap in the corner went away.

- Dave Rutan

You can’t just drop that in there and not elaborate, Dave! Well, technically, I guess you can and did. Frame looks good!

-- God bless, Candy

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Dave Rutan

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#6 posted 07-29-2016 11:17 PM


I did one of my tricks and the gap in the corner went away.

- Dave Rutan

You can t just drop that in there and not elaborate, Dave! Well, technically, I guess you can and did. Frame looks good!

- CFrye

Here’s the trick [link]. I was pressed for time when I posted and couldn’t post the trick.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 07-30-2016 12:03 AM

Looks like the frame came out pretty well!

One thing I’ve learned about miter sleds, is that the corner angle must be precisely 90 degrees. If it’s off, then you’ll have gaps in your frames.

The funny thing is, though, the corner angle doesn’t have to be precisely 45 degrees to the saw blade. It can be off a little—and as long as you cut the left-hand piece on the left-hand side of the sled, and the right-hand piece on the right-hand side of the sled, the angles will add up to 90 degrees.

-- Dean

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Dave Rutan

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#8 posted 07-30-2016 12:14 AM



Looks like the frame came out pretty well!

One thing I ve learned about miter sleds, is that the corner angle must be precisely 90 degrees. If it s off, then you ll have gaps in your frames.

The funny thing is, though, the corner angle doesn t have to be precisely 45 degrees to the saw blade. It can be off a little—and as long as you cut the left-hand piece on the left-hand side of the sled, and the right-hand piece on the right-hand side of the sled, the angles will add up to 90 degrees.

- Mean_Dean

And that’s why I was surprised when the miters came out so well. I cut them on a one legged jig.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#9 posted 07-30-2016 10:53 AM

Thanks for putting this in the Daily Top 3!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 07-30-2016 12:09 PM

This is certainly a nice test for the accuracy of your neat miter jig. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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splintergroup

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#11 posted 07-30-2016 01:08 PM

Often it is these seemingly simple projects that provide the greatest satisfaction. You should have framed a picture of your jig! 8^)

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Dave Rutan

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#12 posted 07-30-2016 02:18 PM



Often it is these seemingly simple projects that provide the greatest satisfaction. You should have framed a picture of your jig! 8^)

- splintergroup

Darn! I truly wish I had done that!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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robscastle

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#13 posted 07-30-2016 09:37 PM

WTH…. is this some sort of magic trick Dave?
If you:
used a stop block clamped to the 30 degree miter side and cut all four pieces the same length.

what did you do with the other two pieces? there should be six at 30 degrees.

Nice work as usual otherwise!!

-- Regards Robert

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Dave Rutan

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#14 posted 07-31-2016 12:18 AM



WTH…. is this some sort of magic trick Dave?
If you:
used a stop block clamped to the 30 degree miter side and cut all four pieces the same length.

what did you do with the other two pieces? there should be six at 30 degrees.

Nice work as usual otherwise!!

- robscastle

See the first picture in the body of this article. I’m using the 45 degree fence to cut the pieces, but there is a stop block clamped to the 30 degree fence. It juts out to stop the pieces cut on the 45 degree fence. I haven’t tried the 30 degree fence yet, but I will eventually.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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robscastle

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#15 posted 08-02-2016 12:36 AM

I took another look, and yep I see the invisible man doing all the work again!

-- Regards Robert

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