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    Picture Frame - Cherry and Mahogany

    Preparing for LOML's mother's Christmas gifts (say that 3 times fast). I was none-to-subtly notified that mom had some pictures that needed frames . There will be a couple of them. Cherry inner frame with a profile in the style that mom likes. A mahogany outer frame to give it some pizzazz and carry the profile on out. There's also a close up of the rather busy profile. My tastes run simpler but, its not all about me

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    We were talking about clamping frames so here's yet another shot of how I do it. I'll post more when the finish hits them.

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    Those are so awfully nice frames. Maybe by the time I am through I can get that good at it. I made some of the clamping things you have pictured, but I just couldn't get them to work with the types and sizes of clamps I currently have. I'm keeping them because I'm sure I will collect more clamps as time goes on.
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    You are right about the clamps Paul. I tried a few different ones before I found some that would hold irregular profiles without crushing them and be small enough to get out of the way of the clamp doing the corner work. You may notice I added some cauls to some of the Bessey Mighty Minis that I picked up when Lowe's was blowing out all their Bessey stock. The cauls allow them to grip reliably with less pressure on uneven surfaces than just the pad might alone.

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    That jig you posted recently sure looked like a slick solution though .

    But, back to the reason for this post . . . I got a set of convex / concave scrapers as a gift once upon a time. They are just what the doctor ordered for cleaning up any milling marks on complex profiles like these.

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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 10-27-2014 at 11:39 PM.
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    Glen - love what you are doing.

    I am trying to get better at picture frames.

    1) How do you cut the miters?

    2) How did you make the profile?

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    Beautiful Frames I love them,an I can se why your mom wants yours
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Voisine View Post
    Glen - love what you are doing.

    I am trying to get better at picture frames.

    1) How do you cut the miters?

    2) How did you make the profile?
    Thanks Leo. I use an Incra V-27 with an Incra extrusion I added for the miters so, basically just a miter gauge. The profile is multiple passes with a couple of router bits. You can really get creative by stacking profiles of the bits you probably already have. I do most with angular surfaces a-la Frank Lloyd Wright; but, mom has lots of curly things in her house and I think these fancy profiles will suit her.
    As someone was asking about a while ago; featherboards and stock control become critical the more involved the profile gets. If you want to see frustration, picture a wonderfully air tight miter on two pieces that do not match in profile .
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    Sure does look good.

    Nicely done.

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    Picture frames..

    Great job and completed a lot quicker than I did mine.

    I bought the wife a half a dozen Randolph Spangler pictures three Christmas's back and promised to make some pictures frames. Started them about a year and a half ago, and just finished them up a few weeks ago.

    Rob

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    Looking good, Glenn! I'm sure your frames will be a hit!!! It's always good to keep MIL happy!
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    I found a real low-tech way to clamp up frames of any size by just using wedges. Here's the YouTube video I found that shows how it's done:
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