Carving on a Picture Frame

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Forum topic by dpwalker posted 07-31-2011 06:27 AM 630 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2011 06:27 AM

I am about to build a picture frame out of Purpleheart. I want to add a relief carving that will run across the top & down each side to about the half way mark. I am thinking that mitered corners will weaken due to the carving. Can someone suggest a different joint that would stand up to a carving like this? Maybe a half lap joint? I’m open to suggestions. Thanks Dean

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 06:33 AM

A three finger box joint. Sort of a double lap joint. I know there’s a proper name for it, just can’t think of it. Or simply cut it and get it ready for gluing, then carve it, and lastly assemble it.

Have you carved PH before? If not, then try a scrap before you committ. It can be some tough wood for carving.

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