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Project by DouginVa posted 02-17-2013 10:10 PM 1511 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up a Logan 750 matt cutter a year or so ago off of Craigslist for a steal of a price and I had some pics and prints that I’ve wanted to frame for a long time now. So I built the Woodsmith miter sled ( , bought some matt boards, and made some saw dust. The first pic is framed in cherry with a walnut outer frame. This profile came from a book I had. The second is solid walnut that copied the profile of a overly priced frame we got at Michaels. It’s held in the corner by a walnut spline.

The third (blurry) pic was an idea I got from the same book. You drill a hole with a forstner bit deep enough so the hooks/hangers aren’t exposed. Then I chiseled a little “ramp” from the deepest part of the hole for the cable. This will save your wall from nicks and dings. I thought it was a great idea and it really works.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#1 posted 02-18-2013 04:13 AM

Very nice frames. Frames seem to be under appreciated lately. I got the mat cutter. Always cutting the mats a little smaller than I really want, so the frame is smaller. All done to save money, wood is expensive. Do you use glass ? I use polycarbinate because I can cut it on the table saw.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#2 posted 02-18-2013 07:55 AM

Good looking frames. Simple but look good, like the idea about mounting it too.

-- Ben from IL

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#3 posted 02-18-2013 10:17 AM

@ dnick; I use glass. I just run to Michaels Arts & Crafts and they cut it up quickly. I can cut myself but they have specialized tools for it and can do a more accurate job.

I’ve had great succes with my matt cutter. I also have grown to appreciate the need to have a sharp razor in the cutting tool. It makes a big difference.

I have another one that I need to start on that’ll have multiple prints in it…one a panoramic pic. Can’t wait for that one.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#4 posted 02-18-2013 01:09 PM

Lowes sells and cuts glass. I found them to be much cheaper than Michael’s.

Could you give some detail on how you did the profile on the 2nd frame? Btw, great frames!

-- Jason, Michigan

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#5 posted 02-18-2013 01:46 PM

Most of the box stores (hardware & arts & crafts) have cut glass, but the Michaels is so close I’d spend in gas getting to HD or Lowes what I’d save by going there over Michaels.

The second frame is about 1 1/2” thick and almost as wide. The face side is beveled at two different angles, I forget what degree but they are different from each other. And the inside is rabbeted to accept the matt, backer board and glass. At the corners I used a keyed spline out of the same wood.

I intended to add a photo of the cross section of each frame to show the details but I couldn’t locate a cut off of the second frame. I’ll do it in a future post.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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