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Forum topic by Dchip posted 10-19-2010 06:49 PM 1290 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2010 06:49 PM

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I’m gonna be making a mitered picture frame and I’m try to peg down the best course of action. The frame is going to have a 1/8’’ roundover on inside and outside. Questions:

I should roundover the inside before assembly since the inside corners will be a problem with the bearing, right? (Same with the inside rabbet)

Should I wait until after assembly to roundover outside so corners are uniform? Any downsides to this?

Climb-cut to prevent blowing out the mitered corners?

I appreciate input from anyone with experience in this area.


-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#1 posted 10-19-2010 10:03 PM

My kitchen cabinet doors are mitered with a rounded face, so it sounds kinda like what you’re wanting to do except my rounded portion goes way further in.

Yes, roundover the inside before assembly.

I wait on the roundover for the outside ‘til after assembly because in my case I’m rounding over most of the face, and the other parts of the frame are the only way I’ve got a flat reference.

Climb cutting for the ends isn’t a bad idea. I tend to do my last two passes or so as a gentle climb-cut anyway.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#2 posted 10-19-2010 10:18 PM

Do the roundover, rabbet, and everything else before you even cut the miters. Do it on the long stock. Then cut your miters LAST, just like you had bought it from the framing store.

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#3 posted 10-19-2010 10:44 PM

Just like the other guys said get you stock ready to rock n roll then put your frame together. Just make sure your miters are dead on accurate and cut to the exact same length.

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