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Project by teenagewoodworker posted 2131 days ago 6389 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!





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WayneC

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#1 posted 2131 days ago

Nice work. It is a very interesting joint.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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lew

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#2 posted 2131 days ago

Great looking frame, Denis.

I admire the way you are not afraid to try something new.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Betsy

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#3 posted 2130 days ago

Dennis – another nice job. I like the curves as well. It’s nice to deviate from the normal, square look.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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Dusty56

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#4 posted 2130 days ago

WHY BE NORMAL ??? GREAT JOB !!!

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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Woodshopfreak

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#5 posted 2130 days ago

looks great the curves looks really nice.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 2130 days ago

Thats a nice looking, picture frame.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Bill Akins

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#7 posted 2130 days ago

Great frame. Looks like you have been busy since school is out for the summer.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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teenagewoodworker

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#8 posted 2130 days ago

well Bill School isn’t put yet actually. I just got out today though!

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gizmodyne

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#9 posted 2123 days ago

Came out great. Miters are hard to do. Any deviation from 45 compounds times 4 with certain setups. Great practice at joint making. I have never made that joint.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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matt garcia

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#10 posted 2119 days ago

That is a pretty sweet looking miter!! I’ll have to try that one!! Good job!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Echofive

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#11 posted 1704 days ago

Yeah, I like this joint. I’m wanting to start using a mitered half lap in my projects, but I really like this one.

-- Chip, Massachusetts

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 1701 days ago

Great Job teenage.I like the fact you were brave enough to try a new joint. Turned out great.Cool design too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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