Making a picture frame (make molding on the table saw)

Making a picture frame (make molding on the table saw)

January 20, 2020 100 By Peter Engel


I got this picture printed out
years and years ago. It’s from where I grew up and in this video
I’m finally gonna make a frame for it. I rough pre-cut this cut
here on the band saw because this piece is only long
enough if I fully use both pieces. And this way I can kinda see
how its gonna work out. If I hadn’t pre-cut that like that
once I cut the molding I have to cut the miters like that. And
at that point it wouldn’t be long enough for both sides anymore. I’m thinking I should add a
bevel to the inside edge here to make it taper in
towards the picture but the other idea is to just
take these pieces of wood and bevel them like this. And that just means cutting
a bevel on the back. And I need to decorate
this profile a little bit. And I’ll do that by cutting a
cove like this on the table saw. Here’s the cove cut
without any sanding yet. It came out very clean because, as
usual, I have a trick up my sleeve. So, two things I did is I tilted
the blade this way a little bit so as I’m feeding this way I’m
feeding into the top of the teeth. The other trick is
I started with a junk blade and actually rounded
the tops of all these teeth by grinding away
the alternating points. It looks fairly nice so far but I want
some kind of visible edge on this frame. My thinking is I want
some kind of sharp edge here. So, I’m thinking I’m gonna
cut in like this and then a curve like so. And I’ll try to
approximate that with the table saw. With just a few cuts
in the table saw that already looks like
a convex round. But it actually has corners. And I’ll try
to smooth those over with a hand plane. With a ledge cut for the picture I’m
ready to cut miters into these. And for that purpose I built
myself a miter slide. Well, that looks like
it’s gonna work good. Now I just have to
glue it together. I made these picture frame
clamping claws many years ago. And by clamping these
to the edge of the frame I can concentrate on getting
just one joint at a time lined up perfectly. Now I just gotta
do that with glue. And the last two joints I
have to do at the same time. So I set up on the table saw so
I can get at both ends easily. Next its time to cut some
reinforcing splines into here. And for that I’m just gonna use a
plywood box on my table saw sled. I still need to clean up these splines.
And I’ll clean those up by cutting a back bevel along the
edge using this fence set-up. For the glass for this picture frame,
I’m gonna use old storm window that I got from the garbage. Shit! As long as I manage to not let
this crack get any longer. I can still use this glass. I got a nice little cavity for a
screw head to really hook onto now. I think a bit of a dark
bluish tinge will go well with that picture
I have of the spring. I giving this several coats
of water-based Varathane. And that will seal it give it gloss and
protect the paint I just put on it. I’m just gonna put some nails
to hold the back plywood in. It feels really manly pushing those
nails in with my bare hands but I did pre-drill the holes. I am quite pleased with
how this molding came out. And it was done almost
entirely on the table saw. So I ended up drilling
two holes in two studs. And I put holes off-center
in the picture. So that way I could
hang it off the studs. And get it exactly
where I want it. And it doesn’t go
back and forth.