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In an attempt to make anything and everything that would make some money, I went through a picture frame phase. Made pictures frames for the whole family. Brother-in-law ( he still hasn’t gotten the glass for it) Nephews Graduation Picture (B.S. in Computer Programming) Wife has 4, niece ordered a pair painted black (as I wimper at the fact that she wanted it painted) which were made out of an old pallet (Hey! it’s been puttied and painted, she’ll never know).

The picture frame business never went anywhere, even though they were prices lower than Michael’s, but at least I learned another woodworking trait.

Here t’is

You can find several at http://ye-olde-cabinet-shoppe.com/pf27.html

If you would like, I’ll be happy to share with you the process and the router bits used.





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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 01-12-2007 10:32 PM

You just never know. I was working at a shop here in town and in walks a job for 150 picture frames. I made my boss a ton of money that day. You might put a mirror in a few of them and try that.

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Obi

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#2 posted 01-13-2007 12:44 AM

I just got a vision … for a long time i was trying to make this fram with a roundover … I need a scraper. See? Any excuse to buy new tools.

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Don

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#3 posted 01-13-2007 12:49 AM

Michale, I’ve always found that the humble miter joint is perhaps the most difficult joint to make absolutely perfect, and because it is end-grain to end-grain, not the strongest joint known to man. (I almost always key a miter joint for additional strength.) It’s never a problem fitting three sides of the frame together – it’s that last corner that never seems to fit – Ha!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Obi

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#4 posted 01-13-2007 01:18 AM

The last corner always seems to be the easiest for me. I do one corner at a time square them up til the glue oozes out clamp it to a square corner. then after about an hour with it still clamped I drill a hole in the corner and shove a glued dowel into the hole. After another hour I do another corner the same way. so after 4 or 5 hours with the glue dry, and the first two corners doweled, I set them on pipe clamps and apply glue to everything, then use two more pipe clamps in the opposite direction, and then tighten each one a little bit til the whole thing is perfectly square. More holes, more dowels, and viola’, two hours later I have a square picture frame ready for sanding (but don’t tell Dennis I sand)

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Obi

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#5 posted 01-13-2007 01:20 AM

And Dennis, I’ve found that people like the picture frame that winks at them when they wink. They’ll pay more for a mirror than a nice painting

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Bill

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#6 posted 07-26-2007 04:44 PM

Glad this one popped back up. A nice picture frame Obi. I was just trying to make a small picture frame, and had the same problem Don mentioned. I see you have a secret here that I had not read about. I will try that for the next one and see if that works better.

Did you do the moulding in two passes? One bit for one part and a second bit for the other part? Or, is that multiple pieces joined together to make a frame side?

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Obi

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#7 posted 07-26-2007 06:07 PM

I just watched the video on the dowelmax, and that looks like the ticket, except for sides routered on two edges makes it difficult to dowel

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Bill

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#8 posted 07-26-2007 06:13 PM

I am planing on using the Domino system for joining the corners together. The first picture frame I tried I used the wider setting for the Domino, to allow them to move into place. And I glued it up as a single piece. With your notes, I will try assembling them as 2 L shaped pieces to get them square, and then join these pieces together. It is easier to slide the pieces together this way, rather than adding the last piece as one, since the Domino tenon is angled. I know because I did this with my print stand, and almost could not get the last piece in place. If it had been a short thick piece of wood, it would not have gone together.

Anyway, thanks for the tip Obi. Have you made any more frames since this one?

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Obi

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#9 posted 07-26-2007 06:57 PM

I went through an entire “Frame-Making” thing. I made some with only 1 edge routered and they look ok, but not as nice. I made some frames out of pallet wood and painted them… I didn’t think about just using the pallet wood and then caiing them the “Dennis Mitchell” model. They probably would have sold like hotcakes. All that rustic and all….

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john

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#10 posted 07-26-2007 07:15 PM

Beautiful work Obi
I am getting ready to make about a dozen of them myself.
Ill probably be using reclaimed wood for mine.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112698715866

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oscorner

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#11 posted 07-27-2007 02:27 AM

I can’t see why you didn’t make a fortune, Obi. Glad to see you post again.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Obi

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#12 posted 07-27-2007 02:30 AM

It’s like anything else… we have to break through the mental disposition of poverty. Everybody wants Broyhill quality at a Wal-Mart price.

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Karson

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#13 posted 07-27-2007 05:23 AM

Nice looking frame Obi.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Bill

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#14 posted 07-27-2007 05:42 PM

So true Obi. I think one day this will turn around, but it may be some time off. For now we just have to find those willing to pay for that higher quality and better product.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#15 posted 07-28-2007 06:01 AM

Great work Obi.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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