Picture Frames: Mitered Half-Lap Joints

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Blog series by HappyHowie updated 12-09-2016 05:33 AM 7 parts 12195 reads 12 comments total

Part 1: Mitered Half-Lap Joints

09-24-2016 04:12 PM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

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 maki...

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Part 2: Test Cuts with Pine Scraps

09-26-2016 02:31 AM by HappyHowie | 2 comments »

Before making the actual picture frame for my friend Bill, I decided to make the JIG and perform some tests cutting mitered half-lap joints. I had some pine 1 by 6 by 72 inches boards in my lumber racks. I jointed one edge flat and square to a surface. From that I ripped a width about 2 1/2 inches wide. There was enough tension in the board that it moved immediately. I decided to crosscut the six foot lengths into lengths that would give me a picture frame that would fit a 11 by 14 matted...

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Part 3: Miter Half-lap Joints Cut In Cherry Hardwood

11-18-2016 03:56 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

These miter half-lap cuts for this picture frame are straight off my table saw. I used a 1 by 4 by 84 inch American Black Cherry board that I jointed one edge straight and then made the other edge parallel to it by ripping the board on my table saw. I ripped this board to 2 1/4 inches wide. It is close to 3/4 inches thick. I will either apply several coats of Danish Oil or Boiled Linseed Oil that will pop the nice grain on this cherry hardwood. It will darken the wood and make the grai...

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Part 4: Routed Rabbets and Hand Chisel Work

11-22-2016 05:25 AM by HappyHowie | 2 comments »

I setup my router table and placed a rabbet bit for 5/16 inch width and depth. Any deeper and I would have been routing into the half-lap area in the frame. I did make my table or fence for a start and stop point. However, I discovered too late to reroute this start and stop points. I decided to fix this issue with my hand chisels. It was good practice anyway. I double checked th rabbet with a 11 by 14 matt that I will use with the 8 by 10 photo. It works.

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Part 5: Glue and Clamp Up

11-24-2016 02:05 AM by HappyHowie | 1 comment »

I rehearsed my clamping strategy. I am glad I did. I worked out what I think was the best way with my clamps to get this miter half-lap picture frame to close up at the miter joints. I will have some hand planing to do in order to get the front surfaces smooth and flat wit regards to the four parts. Now that it is glued together that work should be fairly easy to do. I did bring in the clamped picture frame into my house. Snow is about ready to fall outside. I wanted this frame ins...

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Part 6: Plane and Sanded Surfaces on this Picture Frame

11-25-2016 02:18 AM by HappyHowie | 7 comments »

I worked on my picture frame today by first removing the clamps. I then found a way to hold the frame on my workbench in order to begin using my #4 hand plane to smooth the front and back surfaces. Once I finished this process, I clamped the frame in my workbench vise and clamped the back end of the frame with a foot long clamp so the frame was held to the workbench. This way I could plane smooth the end grain to the miter half-lap joints. After this I used my orbit sander to sand smoot...

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Part 7: Finished the Assembly of this Picture Frame

12-09-2016 05:33 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

This picture frame has been a lot of work. There have been so many issues to work through. I may not build another picture frame for a long, long time. However, I am glad to have done it because it is a gift for a great friend. Knowing that he was taking his 95 and 91 father and mother to a Rockies baseball game, I asked him to take a photo of them with himself. Send me the file. I will enlarge it and frame it. It will be my Christmas gift to you. Here I am fastening the hardware to...

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