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I needed a frame for an 8 by 10 photograph. I got the idea from a YouTube video to join the miters with dowels and to use rubber bands as clamps. I made a prototype with scrap pine and was pleased with the result.

The frame is made from red oak and oak dowels. Finished with Danish oil.

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Nice dowel spline replacement. I assume you used some sort of jig to get the holes all lined up so the corners came together so cleanly?
 

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The jig I used is shown in the first picture. I glued two off cut corners and a trapezoidal off cut to plywood to secure one of the long edges of the frame. Then I placed the frame on the plywood and carefully clamped everything down. The holes were drilled freehand with a cordless drill- that was the trickiest part for me.
 

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The dowels work well. I repaired some old frames that way.
 

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Nice looking frame and very decent miters!
 

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Thank you oldnovice. This was my first attempt at a picture frame. Just got a table saw this spring, and I bought the router I used to round the edges on Monday. I relied heavily on info on the internet as well as some beginners luck. I want to make another one soon, maybe a little fancier.
 
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