|Project by lumbermeister||posted 09-02-2013 09:00 AM||1042 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
Woodworking and Photography – Picture frames are the place where 2 great hobbies meet.
Been woodworking for about a year and a half, and been lurking on this site for maybe the past 9 months. Many thanks to the entire community – I have learned a bunch and would like to give back however much I can.
Frame holds a 5.5” by 11” photo. Love how woodworking enables me to customize my frame size; i.e., just try finding a frame anywhere close to those dimensions in any store, save for a custom frame shop! This frame was born of a sort of “use-up my scraps” week in my small basement shop – the inner portion of the frame is purple heart, the inlayed outer portion is walnut and maple.
The grooves for the inlays were milled via a dado set on my table saw (so much faster, easier, and better dust control than on the router table, particularly for non-show surfaces), while round-over edges were created via a table mounted router. I inserted a maple spline inlay into the corners for strength.
Re. affixing the mitered corners, I use my bare hands to glue and hold the corners for accurate placement. I find that, with Titebond II, I need only hold the frame members together for approx. 5 minutes, then I let sit for a couple of hours before any further handling. By this method, I have more precise control over accurate frame member placement than I obtain by using my frame clamp, which requires the placement of 4 corners simultaneously. I only use the frame clamp for the very last mitered corner to be glued.
Any comments/questions/critiques are most welcome!