|Project by mummykicks||posted 08-20-2013 04:55 PM||2150 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
Made some picture frames for my daughter for her composers (Chopin, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven). Little bit different than most frames as I used a dovetail to join the corners. I felt it was worth it to do it this way so I didn’t have to worry about clamping or adding additional means to secure/align them. I’m going to make a better jig so I can gang like 10 of ‘em at a time to cut the dovetails, and I’ll clean up the miters at the same time. Should make the process quicker and more consistent.
I made the mistake of doing the undercut for the backing and glass in the pieces first, which caused the miter cuts to wander a bit on the miter saw even though I had them clamped good. So I made a bandsaw picture frame jig to clean the miters up. Then another one to use with my Incra fence on my router table to cut the dovetails.
The other differences were that I used 3/16” masonite for the backing and I got ten 19” x 24” pieces from an $8 (or was it $13?) 4’ x 8’ sheet, which is way cheaper than anything else. I just screwed it to the pine in 4 places. 3/32” acrylic ‘glass’ was $10. Used 1×3 ‘select’ pine for the frames from HD.
Finish is Charles Neil’s pre-conditioner (2 coats), followed by general finishes cranberry red water based stain followed by GF black water based stain and then a couple coats of shellac. Both my daughter and I really like the effect of having the red underneath. Debating whether the pre-conditioner is necessary or not given I’m going for some color variation.
So about $25/frame, which is about $50 cheaper than buying something close.