Beaded face frame work #1: Flat Beaded Face Frame experimental work Part 2

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 01-12-2019 09:13 AM 1637 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As it had cooled off a bit outside today I decided to continue on with the Beaded Face frame activity.

I left off with having everything at the dry assembled stage ready for beading.

As the frame was so thin using pocket holes was out of the question, so I came up with a brainstorm to use Biscuits. However the ends cut OK but I was not able to cut the notches as my machine set at #0 did not fit on the narrow gap. So I had another brain storm I would simply set the cutter to #20 and cut it that way.

That worked but the cutter slot was visible on either sides of the notch, a bit disapointing but I though I could overcome it later.

Next was the actual beading, set up the bit adjust went. Everything went well I thouht, so next was assembly,
I noticed that the beading has exposed the biscuit slot.

Yet another disapointment but something else to overcome, however the more parts I assembled the worse it looked.

Now it was becoming totally unacceptable to the stage there was only one solution.

Now totally disillusioned with it all I went upstairs for a cup of coffee, it was then Aurora asked me what I was doing as I was very busy, I didnt have the heart to tell her what had just happened so I just said making something.

After my coffee and the fact I had commited to “making something” I thought of the saying “Have a go You mug” so I decided to start all over.

This time to make the process less complex I used timber to suit the notching bit exactly

So it was again more setting up, marking out and making test pieces again.

Once I had the concept down pat it was on with the notching and beading yet again.

This time the assembled frame looked much better.

So I continued on and got to this stage.

As it has no imediate use I am not sure I will even continue with the pocket hole assembly, for now it just shrink wrapped. and put aside, knowing I can actually make a Beaded Face frame.

I must say in closing it takes a lot more than 2 minutes Marc!
I have to admit Beaded Face Frames do look nice, check this out.

Thats it for me and my bumbling activities on how not to make Beaded Face Frames!!

Opps almost forgot The setup block!

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 01-12-2019 09:57 AM

I too like the bead top, Rob.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 01-12-2019 10:19 AM

Way to stick with it until you got to the solution, Rob.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 01-12-2019 12:03 PM

I think those beads really give the face frame a lot of extra appeal and a much higher quality appearance Rob. It is certainly worth the experimentation you’ve done and it was a great learning experience too. Success is more often than not built on a foundation of failures.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-13-2019 07:54 AM

Rob, I think any woodworker who has made quite a few projects eventually comes upon some project that just demands a redo. Now and then the best solution is to simply toss it and start over. It is a part of the learning process that no one likes, but if you have pride in your work…as I know you do…tossing it is really the best solution. I do like the looks of your beading. It really adds to the eye-appeal. Stay fearless in your projects.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 01-13-2019 09:20 PM


That is really a COOL FaceFrame!!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#6 posted 01-14-2019 03:40 AM

where’s the duck,he’d give the advise you dont want or need-lol!. hey nothing a good tube of caulking wont fix buudy! well some say the faster you make mistakes the faster you find the soloution,i know that doesn’t help but it is the’s too bad we dont do it perfect the first time but that’s murphy’s the end you will have mastered beaded frames without buying expensive kits and jigs,nice job my friend.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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