I was down in the Dungeon the other night, I'm getting ready to build the picture frames for that pic of my cousin Dan and I, out of some nice curly Maple that Peter Rideout brought me, I don't want to screw up any of that lovely wood, so I'm doing some test pieces or practice pieces first.
While building the four way self centering picture frame clamp and some practice pieces, I took some pics of the stuff I do.
I know that to a lot of you guys, this is old hat, but on another site I was asked to show how I do some of this small stuff, so I thought I'd just pass this along there too
First the picture frame clamp, lots of versions of this are around, I think you can buy one cheap from Rockler too
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Basic, works well
It can do rectangle to, just
I made the spacing 30cm, should have going with 2.5 cm
To make the clamping rod in the middle, I cut a piece of threaded rod with bolt cutters...
This leaves an ugly mess, so when you want to clean up the end of something like this...
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Chuck it up in your drill, and while running the drill, grind the end flat
You can see that the end is nice and flat, and the threads are nice an clean, not deformed from the bolt cutters.
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Then put the rod on an angle and touch the tip to the grinder, this gives you a bevel on the end. The nut should thread on easily now.
Just a little thing I picked up along the way, like I said, maybe this is something you all know about and do, bit I thought it was worth sharing