1st picture frame

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Project by Matt posted 01-06-2014 03:19 PM 1218 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at a picture frame. It was commissioned by my wife to frame a print for our friend/her boss. I have not made a miter sled yet and I just received my miter saw for Christmas, so the angles the were done just using the miter gauge on my table saw. Actually all the cutting was done on the table saw. The wood is some spare poplar I had on hand from another project, stained with Minwax English Chestnut and finished with shellac. I didn’t have any framing points or the tool to use them, nor did I want to spend $30 on the tool and supplies for just one frame, so I just used some 18 gauge brads that I trimmed down a bit.

I think I will definitely build a miter sled the next time I try this. It was a real pain to change the miter around for multiple cuts. Several other things were learned to make the process easier for next time.

-- Molon Labe

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#1 posted 01-07-2014 05:11 PM

Nice looking frame. Looks great.

Just a note. I LOVE my miter saw. But I do not use it for frames anymore. I can never get them right. So I took my small table saw sled and made it into a miter sled. Works great!

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#2 posted 01-08-2014 03:10 AM

Nice. I’ve made a ton of frames and learned fast to use a sled for the best cuts. I also came up with a mathematical formula for determining the overall length of each piece: length = print size + 2 x ( width of the stock minus width of the rabbet). If you end up making more frames, the little pusher tool for setting brads in the back is worth the price.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#3 posted 01-10-2014 02:27 PM

It came out beautiful. A great gift especially it’s hand made. I’m sure her boss appreciates it. Great job!

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#4 posted 02-12-2014 01:55 PM

Thanks for the comments yall, just saw them to day. And Cueball thanks for the input on dimensions and the brad point tool. I’ll definately keep it in mind for future frames.

-- Molon Labe

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