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Painted poplar picture frame #1: making the profile

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 06-23-2021 04:44 PM 650 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I needed to make a picture frame for some art my sweetie found. These are the steps along the way.

The frame needed to have a 9 inch square piece of glass (the art is 7.5×7.75 inches). So I started with a 4 foot long stick of poplar I ripped off the edge of a 3/4×8 inch board. I made it about an inch wide.

I clamped it in my face vise and hit it with the #7 jointer plane to get a straight square edge on the surface I had cut.

After setting it on my sticking board, I put a 6/16 profile on one corner, a 10/16 profile on the adjacent corner, then a 1/4×3/16 rabbet on the back to hold the glass, mat board(s), art, and backing board. With sharpening the moulding planes, that took a little over an hour.

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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#1 posted 06-24-2021 12:17 AM

How do you get the profile to match on the last corner, with each mating piece from a whole perimeter’s distance apart on the board? I’m always making it ever so slightly different over 3-4 ft of the pattern. It shows on that last joint, at least for me.

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#2 posted 06-24-2021 01:39 AM

They were a little off, but since I’m not worrying about grain-matching, I laid them out to get the best match on three corners, then tuned the fourth one a little by hand before gluing the frame up. Just a few minutes with a knife, then a little 60 grit to make everything look smooth. I could’ve gotten the moulding planes out again, but I got it good enough that my eye doesn’t notice.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 06-24-2021 12:15 PM

Thanks for the reply. A carving knife or chisel before glue up is a good idea, I am still intimidated by molded frames as my rabbets on the back never line up nicely.

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#4 posted 06-24-2021 12:25 PM

When I clamp them up, I try to line up the rabbets. I figure I can always fix the moulding on the front after the fact if need be, at least if it’s a simple profile like this one.

I’ve used a chisel to fix up the rabbets on the back before, and that’ll work too, but it can be harder work to get the corners good.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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