Large Carved Frame #2: Getting Started with the Build

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Blog entry by Rex B posted 08-20-2013 06:17 PM 1122 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I knew my wife wanted to paint the frame, so why spend money on expensive hardwood? I bought an 8’ long 2×10 (if I remember the size correctly) and let it acclimate in my shop for a week or two. I started by planing the board down to just over an inch thick, then I cut out the four pieces I would need – approximately 4.5” x 39”. I was able to cut around most of the knots in the wood and really you could never tell these came from construction lumber.

The first steps were a cove cut on one long edge with a rabbit on the bottom which the chalkboard would recess into.

Next came time for the outside profile. Because the design is symmetric, I made a half template from cardboard and used this to lay out all four blanks.

I cut well outside the lines on my (crappy little) bandsaw, then used a sanding drum in the drill press to sand to the lines.

And a bit of filing to clean up the inside corner.

Now that I had one piece completed, it could serve as a template for the other 3. I rough cut them all out on the bandsaw, then used carpet tape and a flush trim bit in the router table to produce 4 identical pieces.

-- Rex

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