Picture Frame

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Project by lumbermeister posted 09-02-2013 09:00 AM 1574 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!


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#1 posted 09-02-2013 12:35 PM

Very attractive frame for very nice photograph—well done.

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#2 posted 09-03-2013 03:18 AM

Nice frame. I use the same method. I screwed a small square piece of wood to some flat plywood, cut a small glue relief bevel, & just hold 2 corners together, pressed against the square, for 5 minutes. Then I put some clamps on the faces & table, just in case I knock them around while I’m doing something else.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#3 posted 09-05-2013 06:57 PM

Lovely frame, great mix of wood colors which enhance the beauty of the photo. Great work!

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