|Project by teenagewoodworker||posted 06-18-2008 10:48 PM||7245 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
here is my purpleheart picture frame that i made to put a picture of me and my friend dressed up as one of our teachers in. as i said above it is made out of purpleheart and has those cool curves that i am starting to do on my picture frames because i really like it. it looks much better on bigger frames though but i didn’t leave enough stock on for the shaping because i forgot. the way i joined the miters was with a (mitered tenon, mitered slip joint, or a mitered bridle joint). i wasn’t sure and those are the answers i got when i put a forum out so take you pick. here are some picture of it.
i know that the tenon is a little big and the walls for the mortise are too small but i think my fence wasn’t locked down all the way and thats what i got. its worked really well though. the reason why i didn’t do a simple spline is because 1. i like to do something different on my picture frames than just the average miter 2. because i have found that it added some strength 3. because with all the shaping that i have to do on these picture frames i did a couple with splines and the splines ripped apart on a few of them. not just broke but one got shredded. probably because of the jigsaw nut still i find that this joint is much better for this application. the finish was just simple after sanding to 220 i gave it one coat of General Finishes Seal-a-Cell, and one Coat of General Finishes Arm-r-Seal. after those dried i rubbed it out with 00# steel wool and buffed it with a rag. so thats my picture frame, hope everyone likes it and i greatly appreciate all the comments that everyone makes!