Picture Frames: Mitered Half-Lap Joints #1: Mitered Half-Lap Joints

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 09-24-2016 04:12 PM 1844 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided on a Christmas gift for my friend Bill. I will enlarge and print a photograph of Bill with his parents. They are clearly a big influence on his life. His parents are now 95 and 91 years old. His siblings all seem to be profoundly successful in their respective fields. I believe making this print and framing it into nice picture frames would be a good Christmas gift for him.

I want the frame to be strong and for it to complement the photograph. I studied several articles on making mitered half-lap joints. I was familiar with Tommy Mac’s Rough Cut show of making a bookstand. He made a special jig in order to cut his mitered half-laps on his table saw. It was a bit involved, the jig. He did not show how he made it. However, I have searched the Internet to find other ways to cut the strong joints.

I found a simple process on Woodworker's Journa. I will be making its jig to use with my table saw’s miter gauge. The jig is a simple L-shaped fence with a 1/4” MDF plate to hold the frame.

I begin cutting and gluing this jig. I used only glue since a DADO set will be cutting through this jig in order to make the mitered half-lap cuts on the picture frame parts.

The next steps will be to screw this jig to my miter gauge.

-- --- Happy Howie

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