Alright, so I went out the next morning to make sure my four sides were a match.
They were not. Knowing basic geometry helped me determine that if I was going to make a rectangle, I'd need two sets of equal length sides. Well, my one of my long sides was too short. I tried cutting it three times, but it still came up short. Must be something wrong with the saw...
I knew I had to make a new side, and I was semi-dreading it.
Well I shouldn't have. It took me all of five minutes to cut a new piece to rough length, chamfer the inside corner, rabbet the recess for the picture and glass, and cut my 45s. A quick swipe on the shooting board and I was in business.
A quick side note - I have never been a hand took woodworker. This moment was a huge one for me. The fact that I could make a new piece that quickly made me realize just how much time I would have spent getting my dado blade on the saw, remembering I needed a 45, getting the dado height just right, cutting my dado, putting the original blade back on, making it 45, cutting the chamfer, making it 90, setting my miter gauge to 45, cutting the two sides, then sweeping up/coughing up the dust. This moment really made me appreciate my wonderful hand tools.
Ok, back to the build...
I took a few more swipes on the shooting board, but eventually...
Success! Now I can't describe in words the feeling that happens when the fourth piece of a frame slides perfectly into its slit, but wow. I put on some masking tape and admired my work.
On IG I asked if the masking tape was classy or trashy and was told it depended on where in the country you are located. Well, I'm in VA and they're in ME, so although I figured I was safe, I decided to glue it up anyway.
A coat of stain, three coats of poly, and a nice finish of wax and the frame is ready!
My thoughts on this project are completely positive. I probably could have finished an hour faster with power tools, but I still would have had to do final adjustments by hand. I enjoyed the quiet, listened to some music, and was able to work with my kids around which is a huge deal for me.
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