Miter sled and picture frames

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Project by CincyRW posted 02-20-2014 03:30 AM 2469 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

2 projects -

1. The most interesting first. My wife bought me a box of “pin up” pictures for Christmas. She thought my basement shop needed more of this sort of thing. Who am I to argue? I just used decent grade spruce from a big box store. My main goal was to make pretty good miters and play around with some different finishes. Both objectives achieved.

I cut the rabbets on my brand new table saw (Craftsman 22116) and they turned out great. I then cut the mitered corners on my new miter sled (see #2 below). I glued up the frames using the band clamp shown in the pics above. The band clamp is worth its weight in gold. For the picture glass, I just had some glass cut at Ace Hardware and. Behind the picture itself is a piece of foam core held in place with glazing points. Pretty simple. I’ll certainly enjoy looking at the ladies in my shop :)

2. I knew I wanted to build a miter sled. I did. Relatively easy. I did my best to reference the front of the fence with the saw blade…. which was difficult. So, I used a framing square on the front sides of the fences. Each leg isnt a perfect 45 to the blade, but they’re about as close to 90 to each other as I can make them.

The “A” and “B” are on the fences because I’m a little bit scatter brained. As long as I make joints out of one cut from the “A” fence and one cut from the “B” fence, I’ll have a pretty darn good miter. I had trouble keeping track of what cuts came from which fence, so I just labeled them. The second to last picture is an example of the first joint I made with the sled – completely satisfied. With a little fine tuning, they started turning out even better. I noticed that if I put a single note card (thick card stock) on the end of the “A” fence (between the stock and the fence), my joints came out almost perfect.

Two very fun projects that 1) boosted my confidence and 2) helped me build my skills. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 02-20-2014 03:46 AM

Look very good, would be interested in knowing what the different finishing methods were. It’s not at all obvious they came from the same wood.

Fyi, I think it’s impossible to mess up the a/b thing. If the frame makes a rectangle in the end, pretty sure it automagically works out that way. I usually cut the a side, and have a stop clamped on the b side. The a cut is just made as close to the end as possible, then butted against the stop, with the rabbet against the fence at all times. Seems to work well enough.

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#2 posted 02-20-2014 05:26 AM

Nice frames, pictures too.Sled looks great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 02-20-2014 12:14 PM

Can ask your wife to call mine? Nice frame work…even better subjects!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#5 posted 02-20-2014 12:30 PM

Nice frames and sled…great work…thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 02-20-2014 02:14 PM

Good beginnings=Good results.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 02-26-2014 04:29 PM

They look great and very nice variety of finishes. Great additions to the man cave. Great job!

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#9 posted 03-02-2014 05:23 PM

How big?? I have been making picture frame off and on for a number of years, but always had trouble with the actual cutting frames to fit the picture. finially figured it out.

Cut the rabbits first. Then using using a hunk of fine plywood cut 1 piece the actual height, another cut for for the width. Butt against pic. Measure the outside of frame material. Add 1/8.

Mark gently. That is the size you need.
works for me.
My picture frame vise- an old Stanley #100 does the rest.

ne for the width. Set pic


of the pic, and

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#10 posted 03-02-2014 05:25 PM

Dumb me. I should have hit preview first. will do better next time

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