Simple Walnut and Oak picture frame

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Project by Ollie posted 03-04-2010 11:40 AM 2411 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a picture frame for a friend.
I used a small plank of walnut cut into 4 strips, then cut the oak into 4 smaller strips to form the bead for the glass to rest on.
I glued the oak strips onto the walnut first then let it dry.
This is the first time I have used masking tape to prevent glue getting on the face of the work during glue up. I must say it worked very well and I will do it all the time from now on.
Once the glue dried I cut the pieces to length on the mitre saw.
Though the mitres are close I can never get them perfect which is most annoying so any advice would be appreciated.
I don`t have a picture frame clamp so I glued it up on a flat piece of wood with 2 batons screwed on each end and clamped in the other direction. It worked ok.
Once glued I sanded it, I had to use a little filler because my mitres were out a little, but you cant see it unless you look really close.
Finished in teak oil.

One day I will cut a perfect mitre…....!?

-- Ollie, UK.

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#1 posted 03-04-2010 01:33 PM

I really like your frame design. Simple but elegant contrast of woods.

Perfect miters in wide frames have always been a challenge to me because even small errors can leave a gap. For years my answer was to cut the sides slightly over-size then tweak them in with a miter trimmer. Then I upgraded my table saw with an Incra 1000HD miter gauge. Once I completed the initial alignment (only about 30 minutes) and added a zero clearance backer (hardware is included with the 1000HD), I could cut miters in one pass on a table saw using a fine finish blade in a small fraction of the time it took with the miter trimmer.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#2 posted 03-04-2010 02:36 PM

looks good man

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#3 posted 03-04-2010 03:26 PM

Very tight miter joints. It came out really nice. That work bench looks like it has seen a lot of wood!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 03-04-2010 04:10 PM

Hi, Ollie… Beautiful frame! The contrast in woods actually made it look like it had an overall bevel at first glance…cool effect.

Though your miters look great to me, here’s an option to take all of the stress out of them (if you have a table saw): I made a similar jig—will post soon—that allows for stop blocks and clamping, and it worked great! I just made my first frame last weekend, and the miters turned out much tighter than my skills should ever dictate. :)

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#5 posted 03-04-2010 04:33 PM

great looking frame… can’t notice anything wrong with the miters…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#6 posted 03-04-2010 04:41 PM

very nice job it looks as though it was cut with compound miters.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#7 posted 03-04-2010 09:03 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone, much appreciated.
I am now considering making the jig in the link posted by ScienceNerd but I only have a small table saw.. i`ll look into it further.
Ha ha yes cosmo35, that old workmate has seen a lot of work but still going strong.

-- Ollie, UK.

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#8 posted 03-07-2010 06:50 AM

Very nice.

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#9 posted 03-07-2010 09:05 PM

Hi Ollie,

Good looking work. I see from your post that you’re in the UK. I learned a lot from UK forums about hand planes and “shooting boards”, they are simpler than you might think to make. They are VERY PRECISE for trimming of both 90 degree and 45 degree edges. Look as this shooting board. This is what I came up with after searching the internet.

As for picture frame clamps, check out this clamp that I made from plans I found on the internet. It’s mostly scrap, a few 1/4” holes, 8 bolts, nuts and 16 washers. I use an Irwin Quik clamp to apply pressure to all 4 corners equally. Just make sure everything is flat before you crank up the pressure through that clamp and make sure nothing moves before wakling away. That’s a lesson I won’t soon forget.

Keep up the good work and enjoy your craft.


-- dust control

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