Thursday, March 17, 2011

Picture Frames

Here's some pics and jabber about the picture frames I'm making for my Grandma. The design is of my own creation. It's quite simple and considerably easy to make. I used some African Mahogany that I bought at a yard sale last summer. I got the wood for probably about half a penny per foot. Talk about a good deal! The pictures should be explanatory.

First I used my router to make a rabbet cut along the edge of the 3/4" by 1" sides.
(The rabbet cut is that groove along the edge)

Next I cut an bevel along the edge with my tablesaw.
Repeat last two steps 1,849 times. Not really.  Next step: Miter the corners.
This is where the miter sled I made several day ago comes into play. It made it very quick and easy to cut all these miters.
This is what the final picture frame will look like. There will be 4 just like this one and 2 rectangle ones.
          If you think what you just saw looked complicated, then stick around for the glue-up and finishing! You haven't seen nothing yet. Yes, I must admit; I have a strong dislike for gluing and staining. But, I am not alone. In fact, this is a common feeling for woodworkers. We have put so much effort into building our projects that when it comes time to glue and stain, we dread the thought of something going wrong. Besides that, it's tedious, time-consuming and messy. Oh well, I guess that's just life!

    My next post will show the glue-up and staining processes. See ya!


  1. i have a slight correction to make...."You've seen nothing yet" or even better "You haven't seen anything yet" :P yes it is my duty as your grammar conscious big sister to point this out to you <3 <3 <3

  2. @CrazyCraftsman: I've said once,and I'll say it again. Sister really do throw a monkey wrench into everything,don't they? :)
    Good job on these things so far. I don't think that I would have the kind of patience to do that all the time. I admire that.:)
    @Bond's Girlfriend: Could I correct something on you? I believe that you should capitalize the "I" at the beginning of your sentence. Right? :)

  3. OOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
    Face-off with two grammar buffs!COOL!
    (Runs for popcorn and a can of pop then settles down into a chair.)
    (thinks for a moment)
    oh well,I perhaps should not flame a war between the Administrator's sis and my brother.(so can we not all get along?please?:)

    @Craftsmen:Which do you like using more pegs or nails?(I have just talked to some people who swear to one or the other.I am no carpenter so I wanted the opinion of one.(no offense Hunter:)

  4. Haha!
    I am no carpenter either, but I feel knowledgeable enough to give my opinion.

    So, as far as the "peg vs. nail" argument I would have to say peg wins. For several, you can hide them in your construction so that they're never seen; two, they can be stained to match the grain of your wood; and three, they come in all shapes and sizes and are safely installed. However, they do require careful predrilling and can be time consuming. For carpentry, I say use nails, that is, unless your using large beams and posts then go with pegs. For woodworking and cabinetry, stick with pegs.

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  6. Made a mistake on the last comment. (Here's the revised version)

    Oops, I almost forgot an important fastener: screws. I still say use nails for your general construction, but screws (lag bolts, metal screws, etc.) definitely have their place. Use these for applications that receive much wear and tear or are in load bearing or vertical positions, such as sub-flooring, drywall, cupboards, workbenches, outdoor furniture, etc. Again, I'm no expert so this is just my opinion.