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A Handcut Beaded Mitre Half-lap Picture Frame

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Project by ChuckM posted 08-31-2017 02:48 PM 1826 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Though simple in appearance (a mitre and a half lap), a mitre half-lap joint is more demanding in accurate sawing than a typical dovetail joint or tenon joint. An error on either of the half will ruin the piece and unlike dovetails, you cannot shim your way out. A mitre jack (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/178938) will make the fine-tuning part a lot easier, though. (Chiselling will be a painfully slow process.)

The beading was done with the Vertias plow plane. This is as close as a furniture-quality picture frame can be.

Tip for marking out: Use multiple marking gauges to keep the resetting of the gauges to a minimum:

The assembly was done without any special mitre jigs or clamps:

For medium pressure clamping jobs, this is the best kind found in my shop: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=70618&cat=1,43838

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pottz

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#1 posted 08-31-2017 03:18 PM

so very true,sometimes the things that look simple can be very hard too achieve.thanks for posting this chuck.

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#2 posted 08-31-2017 04:38 PM

You did a very nice job on this frame.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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ChuckM

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#3 posted 09-01-2017 01:50 AM

Thank you for your comments. It is a tough joinery both in terms of cutting it and its joinery strength.

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#4 posted 09-01-2017 02:27 PM

Great work Chuck! Very nice pics and documentation.

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#5 posted 09-05-2017 09:05 PM

I second you on the difficulty of such joints. I did several of these this summer for doors, and if they weren’t to be painted in the end I would have had to spend a considerable amount of time to do them right. I ended up with gaps that I filled with wood filler, sanded, painted, and done. Impossible with wood that’s meant to be shown!

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