Miter Half-lap Picture Frame

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Project by HappyHowie posted 12-10-2016 03:44 AM 1900 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this picture frame that I made for a friend. When I heard he was going to take his parents to see a Rockies game, I asked him to take of photo of him with his 95 and 91 year old parents. Send me a jpeg file of that photo and I would make a picture frame for it. This would be my Christmas gift to him this year.

For some reason I turned this project into a tough learning experience. I decided to make the frame with miter half-lap joints. I practiced the joint with pieces of scrap pine. That process went fine. When I began the project with cherry hardwood the process became more difficult. It was a good learning experience. However, I did not become an expert at the process. The process was long and filled with small setbacks. Eventually, I completed it.

My friend Bill did seem genuinely pleased with this gift today. He said he was going to share it with his parents.

Note: I also enlarged the photo, processed the image with my copy of Photoshop, cropped the enlargement and printed it with my Cannon Pro i9000 color printer. The photo size I printed was an 8 by 10. The matte I placed it in was a 11 by 14. From that dimension I sized the picture frame.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 12-10-2016 04:41 AM

Never tried this type of corner joinery, looks pretty cool – nice frame.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 12-10-2016 04:47 AM

It’s a great joint,looks like a miter but has the strength of a half lap,nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 12-10-2016 12:46 PM

Just watched a video showing how to cut that joint recently. Yours looks great! And such a thoughtful gift.

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#4 posted 12-10-2016 01:02 PM

My friend Bill is a great guy and is from an amazing family. His father was a family medical doctor that made house calls back in the day. He moved west where he staffed a VA hospital. Many family members are leaders in the medical or legal professions. He even has a sister who is a leader in the United Nations helping people in the continent of Africa. They are not immune from ills and deceases but look at their genetics: both parents are in their 90s and are still active and healthy. He is a son that honors his parents. I knew this gift would be appreciated and treasured; not so much the frame but the photo that has a great memory to go with it.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#5 posted 12-10-2016 06:47 PM

Great frame. Man that joint looks complicated

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#6 posted 12-10-2016 09:23 PM

You did a super nice job on this frame.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 12-11-2016 02:24 AM

I wish I could say making this was a lot fun, but it really was a lot of work. I am pleased that you guys enjoy it. Thanks for the compliments.

-- --- Happy Howie

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