Grandma's Picture Frame #4: Profiles

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Blog entry by spunwood posted 02-18-2011 04:44 PM 1977 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Zero Clearance Take 2: Using a Molding Head on the Table Saw, Safety and Other Thoughts Part 4 of Grandma's Picture Frame series Part 5: Camera Broken »

I have finally finished cutting the frame profiles. I decided to make a bunch of small frames, rather than just one. I really like framing, but boy am I dreading the mitering and glue up!

But before getting into the mitering (next blog entry), I wanted to show off some of the profiles. The first two pictures are of the frame I took from the plans on the American Woodworker website. I really enjoyed doing that one.

I already tried once on a cove frame I cut, and I just can’t get those miters to fit right. So if you have any suggestions, I will take your advise ingto account. I have hear of using a burnisher to force the miters to close, sanding, or more accurate table sawing. What do you think? Sorry about the picture quality.

Well, before I cut any miters, I think I will do some preperatory sanding. l

By the way, I discuss using the craftsman molder head in the previous blogs, but there is also a good discussion here by bkhop pertaining to the shopsmith. It is relevant to molding work in general and to these kinds of cutter heads:

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 05:32 PM

The profiles look good. there are many frame jig plans for the table saw. Shooting board is another option.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 08:41 PM

I have a hard time with that, too. I have trouble getting that accurate with a table saw. I’d suggest a compound miter saw. Some of them aren’t to expensive.
Those are great looking profiles. Did you cut them yourself? I just saw the other blog. Very interesting. What size stock do you recommend for doing that?

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 03:13 AM

Thanks Wudchuck. You can see how I did it on the earlier posts. But the size i up you. The table saw molder cutters are 1” wide, so I ued stock that was wider and thicker, which added safety and stability. Then I ripped them to size, most are about 1 to 1.5 inches. Some of the profiles were made with jut angling the saw.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#4 posted 02-21-2011 06:24 PM

For the miters…Dedicated miter sled for the TS or a really nice and accurate Incra (or similar) miter gauge. Also, for the narrow profiles you’re doing, a disk sander with fence at 45 would work too.

Incidentally, many would say the compound miter saw would not come close to the accuracy of the things I mentioned above.

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