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09-14-2014 05:40 AM

Howdy folks! I had a gentleman bring me 3 pictures & wanted frames made for them. With those pictures, he also brought along some pieces of pine 2 1/2” wide x 16” long. These pieces of wood came off appliances that come into their appliance shop in packing. His idea was these several pieces, ripped in two pieces each, lengthwise, would make nice frames for his pictures. Well, as I began to rip those pieces, you could watch them begin to curl!! So I clamped them to my project table, table saw, counter top, some straightened out, some didn’t. At this point, I made the decision to use some of my own stock, that was dry & straight. Because I had to cut rabbets & v’s in this stock for the frames. After this was done, the width of the frame stock measured out at 1 1/8” wide. The frames were about 11 3/4” x 8 1/2” finished. With all that said, miters have never been one of my strong points to begin with. I don’t have issues cutting the miters, it’s measuring for the frames I have issues with. I can read a tape measure efficiently, but for some reason, I can NEVER get the measurements right when I build a picture frame!! I am havin’ trouble downloading pictures, or I would have a couple on here. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thank you for your time!

-- Sawdust703

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#1 posted 09-14-2014 06:14 AM

Take the picture dimensions and add two times the width of the stock. So add 2 1/4” to the dimensions of the picture. That is your lengths.

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#2 posted 09-14-2014 11:52 AM

Kevin has a good idea. I have always found when I have trouble understanding something, I will lay it out full size on a stick with a pencil. That way you can see every detail and measurement that you need. Best wishes

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#3 posted 09-14-2014 02:22 PM

That sounds like a good idea, levan! Thanks guys for the thoughts! I appreciate it!!

-- Sawdust703

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#4 posted 09-14-2014 04:22 PM

Story boards always tell the story.. hehe….. I always measure the picture, add 9/16”. I then cut the frame lengths, measure my miters from the inside corner of the miter. If you take 2 sides and compare them back to back, or with the points of the miter in the center, check for inconsistancies in length. Correct them now before assembly. Works for me.
While it’s still a long piece of lumber, I’ll cut my rabbets first, and do any routing if required ….................Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#5 posted 09-14-2014 08:32 PM

You need to set up a stop so you can cut the opposite side to the exact same length; one stop for the side pieces and a stop for the top/bottom pieces. Cut the 45° miter on one end of all the pieces and use the stop to cut all the other ends.

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#6 posted 09-14-2014 08:34 PM

I also cut my opposing sides at the same time. Saves time and you know they are the same angle and length. Works great because if you are a little off, everything should still fit perfectly.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#7 posted 09-15-2014 12:56 AM

Thank you for the suggestions, fellas! I appreciate it! Trust me when I tell ya, as I am reading all this information, I’m thinkin’ back over the project. And had I’ve started here before I began the frames, I’d of had a lot less headaches!! But, as my Father always said, “Too soon old, Too late smart!” As an update to the project, all three frames are built, glued, & nailed together.:) Finish sanded, and the first coat of stain put on today!! And NO MORE BROKEN GLASS!!!! This project has given me a run for my money!! But the learning experience has been fun, but SERIOUSLY FRUSTRATING!!! As you’ve gathered, I’m sure! I sure appreciate the advice, Gentleman! I have no doubt I’ll be asking again in the future!!! Enjoy the day, & work safe!!

-- Sawdust703

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