|Project by DaveWS||posted 07-05-2011 02:14 AM||1902 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
This is the first frame that I have made, actually its the first project that I have done! It is made of curly maple and purpleheart, what a mistake to use those two woods on my first project! I love curly maple, by far my favorite wood, however it is a real PAIN to machine! I have since decided that I will not try much more with it until I build a workbench and get some hand planes! I have tried all the tips to machine it, like running it at an angle through the planer and even dampening the wood first, but no matter how much I try to plane it I get bad tear out. I even have a spiral cutterhead in my planer and it is still hard to do! I used miter keys (I think that is what they are called!) in the corners of the frame which I really wished I would have used the maple instead of the purpleheart. But I think that it turned out ok for the first frame! The last picture shows a bad beginners mistake. I had the rabbets going good on the frame but the glass would fit on the narrow side but was a bit short on the long side so I thought I would just cut the rabbets a little deeper on the end two pieces! I never thought about it not lining up right when I glued the frame together. Gotta love rookies huh! Thanks for looking.