cherry picture frame

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Project by harum posted 05-28-2015 08:11 PM 2085 views 5 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 24”×20” cherry picture frame finished with two coats of sealer shellac and then two coats of wipe-on poly. The width of the frame is 2-3/4” and thickness is 1-1/2”. I first used Sketchup to come up with the profile of the frame. To start with, I laminated the cherry and poplar boards to create a rebate for the glass and picture (and to save some cherry boards, too), then profiled them and the outside 1/2” thick trim boards with the router. Made myself a simple miter sled after watching a few videos, where the 90° corner of a factory cut plywood sheet was used as a reference fence; and cut the miters. To reinforce the miters, used no.10 biscuits. Please see the cross section of the frame for the profile and glue-up details.

There are a few nice videos on the internet on cutting coves using the table saw, complete with safety instructions. I used a 8” dado blade raising it by 1/16” for every pass. The picture frame glass is from OSH.

The assembled frame with glass is quite heavy: 12-15 lbs. Overall, it turned out pretty good; however, for my next picture frame I’ll try to find a planer to make the glued boards perfectly square for seamless miters, which wasn’t the case for this frame.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#1 posted 05-29-2015 01:45 AM

Nice frame! Really like the profile you came up with. Those perfect miters can be rather elusive sometimes. Practice, practice, practice…...and for me, more practice.

-- Bob in Okieland

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#2 posted 06-15-2015 10:47 PM

Here is another picture frame: 20” square for a picture 16” x 16” in size, made of walnut, stained with Minwax special walnut stain, then several coats of Watco Danish oil, followed by two coats of wipe-on poly.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#3 posted 05-07-2019 04:24 PM

This is one I made many moons ago. Walnut

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