Large Carved Frame #4: Finishing Up

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Blog entry by Rex B posted 08-20-2013 06:58 PM 1252 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the hard part of the project done, it was time to finally make this beast into a frame. There was another jig I needed to make: a miter sled. I used the principle many have used before me: it’s easier to make a perfect 90 degree cut than to make 2 perfect 45 degree cuts. A couple pieces of plywood later (and hardwood runners) I had a very useful sled that will come in very handy around the shop.

Quick check that everything matches up – perfect!

Because this frame is very large, I wanted sturdy joinery. I opted to use hardwood splines, which meant another jig. I made a simple tenoning-type jig that rides along the table saw fence. Another jig that will come in handy on future projects.

I started by glueing the splines into one side of each joint.

Then the final glue-up. It didn’t go quite as well as anticipated, but I managed to get everything together and close up most of the gaps. I didn’t worry too much since this will eventually painted – those gaps can be filled.

A little flush routing and sanding cleaned the splines right up.

I was extremely pleased to find that the whole frame sat flat on my table saw surface – no warping or twist at all!

-- Rex

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#1 posted 08-21-2013 04:35 AM


It’s terrific to come up with an idea and have it all work out so well.


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#2 posted 08-21-2013 11:51 PM

nice design, and excellent execution to bring it about.

Beautful workmanship, to turn a construction 2×10 into an elegent frame.

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