First Picture Frame

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Project by Ron Henricksen posted 03-07-2010 05:37 AM 1732 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project being my first picture frame I started by doing my homework on the web and building a set of jigs. The first was a jig to cut the peices and maintain a 90 degree angle in every corner, from Fine Woodworking, and the second was a really amazing jig that squares and holds the frame for glue up. Self Squaring Jig

With these completed I milled some curly maple and strips of walnut and glue then together to form about a 1 1/4” thick frame stock. If any of you brilliant woodworkers have any ideas for adjusting the first jig so that it cuts the pieces to exactly the same size on the opposing sides let me know, that was the one thing I think could be improved on in the jigs. The final frame is 16×18 (should be 16×20 for standard frame size but my maple board was not quite long enough. The picture is 8×10. Next time I will do this with a 11×14.

The finish is 5 coats of Formby’s tung oil, and then a coat of Citrus-Shield Paste wax.

Last year I paid over 300$ for two pictures frames smaller than these, that was my motivation plus the need for a birthday present for my Mother who turns 85 tomorrow. I will never buy another frame thats for sure.

-- Ron, Aptos, CA

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#1 posted 03-07-2010 06:56 AM

Very nice Ron, you just gave me my next project!

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#2 posted 03-07-2010 03:30 PM

Ron, this is a nice frame and you chose a complimentary set of woods for it. Maple and walnut work well together and the maple’s curl add visual interest to the picture. I have several prints that I have been “commissioned” to frame by my wife and appreciate the link to the jigs that you posted.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-07-2010 05:12 PM

I made a miter frame sled for the same purpose and had similar issues with side lengths. this was my solution:

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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