Spalted beech picture frame

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Blog entry by MikeB_UK posted 07-05-2021 05:55 PM 451 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Well, after seeing my plough plane, SWMBO immediately requisitioned the rest of my spalted beech to make a picture frame for a painting she was doing.

True up the blank.

Then resaw it into quarters.

True up the blanks.

And carefully mark out where to cut the mitres, it’s vital that you remember to account for the rebate that will be cut to hold the picture.

Trim the ends in a mitre jack.

And them trim the opposite sides, matching it to the length of the ones already trimmed.

Cut the grooves with a panel saw, using a scrap of wood as a fence for accuracy.

And clean up with a rebate plane.

These pieces are, obviously, from a completely different project. Only a complete idiot would measure everything up and not account for the rebate.

Glue and Clamp it up.

Add a quick profile, it’s only on the outside so I can add it after everything is put together.

Cut out a channel for some chunky splines.

Level out the inside rebate with a router plane.

Use the cut off from the rebate to make some tabs to hold the picture and glass in.
I went with this method instead of tacking the back in so it’s easier to remove and change the picture.

Flatten off the splines.

Cut the mortises for the tabs.

Drill and countersink the screw holes.

Holes are drilled in the tabs to fix the string.

And that’s done, Couple of coats of Danish Oil and varnish.

You may notice a lack of picture, turns out that the frame needed doing immediately, but SWMBO neglected to mention that no only hasn’t she finished the painting, she hasn’t started it yet, ah well, at least I’m ahead of the game.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#1 posted 07-07-2021 02:04 AM

As long as she doesn’t change the size of the painting, you should be in good shape, right?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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