Painted poplar picture frame

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Blog series by Dave Polaschek updated 06-26-2021 05:17 PM 5 parts 3701 reads 34 comments total

Part 1: making the profile

06-23-2021 04:44 PM by Dave Polaschek | 4 comments »

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...

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Part 2: Mitered corners and glue up

06-23-2021 04:52 PM by Dave Polaschek | 0 comments »

Next up was cutting the stick into lengths for the frame, mitering the corners, and gluing it up. First cutting to length. I cut the first 45 using a cheap miter box. Then I got the end more exact using a shooting board and shooting board plane. Then I measured along the rabbet 9 inches and drew a 45 to mark where the next cut had to be. Lather, rinse, repeat until I had four sides of a frame. Glue them and clamp them up until tomorrow.

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Part 3: Reinforcing the miters and painting

06-23-2021 05:14 PM by Dave Polaschek | 13 comments »

First, since I’m using milk paint, I mixed 15ml of powder and water to make 30ml in a measuring cup. Every time I took a break, I give it a stir. After about an hour, it’s ready to go. To reinforce the corners, I chucked a modified spade bit (I ground off the central spur so it won’t poke through a piece I’m putting a shallow hole in, but it’s really only safe in a drill press or post drill this way) in my post drill. I clamped down the frame and drilled a shallow (<⅛ inc...

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Part 4: Finishing, day 2

06-24-2021 04:08 PM by Dave Polaschek | 6 comments »

I started today by paring off the dowels I used to reinforce the miters. A flush-cut saw, a chisel, and a sanding block with 60 grit on it did the job. I held the frame in my carving table. Next was using a piece of 180 grit to knock down any drips in the milk paint. A light touch is required so I don’t sand through the paint, but my sweetie thinks she might like a distressed look, so I may come back with some 400 grit wet-dry paper and intentionally take a little more paint off. ...

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Part 5: Wrapping it up

06-26-2021 05:17 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

I’m a little short on pictures today. I cleaned up the glass, put a coat of shellac on the frame, cut the mat, and then noticed there was dust on everything so I went back and did it again. After a few rounds of this, I just plowed ahead, not taking time for a lot of photos, and wrapped the frame up. So, the steps… The glass I use for framing is Tru-Vue Museum Glass. First up was cutting the glass. I’ve heard folks have trouble with this, but I’ve had pretty good luck. I have a T...

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