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01-21-2011 07:22 PM

My wife is a cross stitcher addict and has several done and needs frames. I have not made a frame and wonder how to even begin. One of them is the four seasons and she wants 4 kinds of wood and a circular frame?? Help please WaynO

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#1 posted 01-22-2011 04:56 AM

Do you have:

chop saw
table saw with dado blade
band clamp?

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#2 posted 01-22-2011 04:59 AM

have router, chop saw, table saw (no dado), straps for clamps or other clamps no regular band clamps

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#3 posted 01-22-2011 05:00 AM

It’s fairly simple to make a rectangular frame, but takes a while to explain it all.

Make or buy some frame stock. You imagination is open as to what it could and should look like. But the general rule is if the first thing you notice is the frame, you’ve not done it right.

The inside edge will have a rabbet to hold the artwork “package.”

Determine if you want the artwork matted. If so, go to an art supply store, hobby store, or frame shop and buy some pre-made or custom-cut mat board.

Measure the size of the package. To this, add for both horizontal and vertical dimensions.
1/8” for “slop”, er, out of square, er expansion and contraction.
twice the distance on the back of the frame that is not the rabbet. For example, if your frame is 1.5” wide and you have a 3/8” rabbet, this distance will be 1 1/8” (double it)

Make your 45 degree miter cuts as close to 45 degrees as you can. More important is that the joint is a perfect 90 degrees (if one side is 45.1 degrees and the mate is 44.9 degrees, it is not noticeable). You might need some tuning of your miter saw, miter gauge or miter sliding table jig.

It is more important that the opposite sides are exactly the same length than they are exactly the right length. Within reason, which is another reason why you added the 1/8” above.

There are many ways to join the corners—splines, mini-biscuits, v-pins, hourglass inserts, glue and nails. Pick your choice. I normally use glue and two nails (e.g., 16 ga. x 1.25” brads) in each direction. I have a miter vise, but if you don’t have one of these, you can use a square corner jig of plywood and a couple of clamps. Mind which side (long or short) goes where. I normally recite “long on left” as I glue up opposite corners, then join the other two corners.

Set aside on a flat area and let it dry overnight.

Insert your artwork and secure with brads from the back. If you are doing a lot, you might get a special tool to insert points or a “point gun.” But you can really get by with Channel-locks and a little rubber tubing over one jaw.

Get some ATG tape from an art store. It’s basically all adhesive that comes off a backer paper. Cut and affix to the back of the frame. Attach kraft paper and trim to the edge of the frame. Normally, fabric and oil paintings don’t have glass, so you don’t need to worry about that.

I’ve never made a circular one, but I would imagine creating a large square (or hexagon or octagon) of square stock and using jigs and fixtures to cut to a circular shape. Then route out the rabbet in the back. But I also might consider a square frame with a circular mat cut out.

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#4 posted 01-22-2011 05:09 AM

that helps a bunch, that is mostly what I thought. I do have a corner clamp. I also have some black walnut, spalted maple, honey locust, pine that I cut at sawmill that is dry and could be milled some as I have a thickness planer and jionter. I have equipment just gettin shop together and not sure how to do much more than operate the tools. Thank you for your help will try to get to it when weather warms a bit and post picks. WaynO

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