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Blog series by spunwood updated 03-06-2011 03:30 AM 5 parts 6389 reads 15 comments total

Part 1: Thinking through the Design & Dimensions

02-09-2011 06:14 PM by spunwood | 1 comment »

My mother suggested that I make a picture frame for my grandmother’s 100th birthday. The party is in march, and the four of us (Stephanie, Beatrice, Elijah, and I) will be flying to New York. I looked online for table saw frames because I do not have much skil with or many bits for a router, and no router table. What I found was: http://americanwoodworker.com/blogs/projects/archive/2009/12/04/tablesaw-picture-frame.aspx This is a lovely and classic frame. The wood is beaut...

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Part 2: A first go at the Insert

02-12-2011 03:58 PM by spunwood | 7 comments »

“This molding cutter will not fit my insert for the table saw,” I says to me. So I says, “Let’s make a new one.” “Use some MDF and trace the Zero Clearance Insert you bought from Lee Craft,” says I to me. “yes, and good folk they were.” “Trace the thickness needed” says I. Okay, enough of that weird self talk. Time for the coping saw, having ripped MDF to thickness. Trace the parts of the old ZCI so that it will fit...

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Part 3: Zero Clearance Take 2: Using a Molding Head on the Table Saw, Safety and Other Thoughts

02-13-2011 05:28 AM by spunwood | 1 comment »

In the last blog entry, the table saw molding cutter fiasco was discussed. After some feedback, and encouragement, and trust that the mishap was partly due to a knot in the wood (WHO PUT THAT THERE!), I went back and reworked the Insert. This time I made it slower, neater, and let the cutter itself remove the kerf by very, VERY slowly raising it while the fence held it down. If you do this, please use a cutter that has both outside edges; otherwise, you may not have created a universal slot f...

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Part 4: Profiles

02-18-2011 04:44 PM by spunwood | 4 comments »

I have finally finished cutting the frame profiles. I decided to make a bunch of small frames, rather than just one. I really like framing, but boy am I dreading the mitering and glue up! But before getting into the mitering (next blog entry), I wanted to show off some of the profiles. The first two pictures are of the frame I took from the plans on the American Woodworker website. I really enjoyed doing that one. I already tried once on a cove frame I cut, a...

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Part 5: Camera Broken

03-06-2011 03:30 AM by spunwood | 2 comments »

Well, Grandma’s picture frame is pretty much all done. It is a small wallnut frame with some molding…not the kind you get from old milk. I am really happy with them. So happy that I have decided to try selling them locally. I am going to put an ad in the local paper and on craigslist. It is the kind of work that I really enjoy. A relatively straightfoward job with enough variation to keep me interested. I’m sure I will put up some photographs when the camera is fixed, ...

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