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Forum topic by daviddoria posted 06-20-2014 12:01 AM 923 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2014 12:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: miter frame inlay

Hi all!

I am making a picture frame for a friend’s baby shower. There will be a purple mat around the picture, so I thought it would be nice to do a purple heart inlay in the frame (maple). I was thinking something like this:

to kind of give a “ribbony” look. My question is about the joinery. In the top left of the drawing I have shown approximately what a mitered corner would look like, and in the top right I’ve shown what a stub-tenon or some other kind of perpendicular joint would look like. The problem is, I don’t really like either of them :). Do I have any other options? Which would you guys do/prefer? Any other thoughts?



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#1 posted 06-20-2014 12:21 AM

One thought – the mitered corner means you have the interstion of the ribbon lining up with the miter. The butt (or lap) joint moves the joint line out of the path of the ribbon intersection.

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#2 posted 06-20-2014 03:29 AM

I like the mitred corner. If you plan to leave the front flat, instead of profiled, you can insert or glue up the purple heart after attaching the corners. The only problem, without precise inlay or glue-up, the bands may need to criss-cross, which may not be a bad look.

If you’re adventuresome and up for a challenge, you could even add profiled strips the same way even if the frame rails are profiled.

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