Alright, my first build on my newish site. Thanks to me, for being the only one who reads this!
Two weeks ago, my wonderful in-laws took my family and I to Disney World for the week. We desperately want to thank them, and one of our ideas it a nice picture of the six of us in a frame. Of course, like any good woodworker I offer to build the frame, knowing it will mean more.
I finally made it out in the shop tonight to get started. First thing I did was find a piece of cherry, as it will match most of their furniture. The nice thing about a picture frame is it doesn't use a lot of lumber! I'm thinking of adding an accent wood, but for now the cherry looks great.
Time to cut.
I once had a very awkward three minutes with Roy Underhill when I made a joke about a CNC machine, and he played 19th century on me. Trying to explain a CNC to a 19th century Roy is a fun game. One day I will get there, but until I get a rip panel saw, I started by ripping the parts on my 21st century bandsaw.
To make sure a machine was not the final thing that touches any of the parts, I quickly planed the four sides flat and square.
Ok, so far so good. I don't really care about length or the edges, since they will all be metered anyway. Oh yeah. I get to try to attain 45 degrees by hand.
Next I decided to chamfer the inside edge of the frame. I may round over the outside edge, but I'm still not certain on the final width or whether or not an accent wood will be involved, so for now a nice 45 (er...43,46,44) degree chamfer will have to do. I used a marking gauge to mark out about a quarter inch from each edge. Then with my Lie Nielsen 60 1/2 (60.5? 121/2?) Low Angle Block Plane I chamfered down to the lines. Yes, I capitalize the names of my planes. No, it does not mean that I treat as if they were my children. The fact that they each have their own bedroom means that I treat them like my children.
At this point I lined up the pieces to see if my chamfer was close on all four. Not too shabby. I quickly played with grain orientation to determine top, bottom and sides, and then skipped several important steps.
I used a crosscut saw (Lie Nielsen) to cut a rough 45 on one end of each piece. I really wasn't sure whether a crosscut or rip would be better, as I was doing half of each, but the crosscut seemed to do the job. Then I used a square and a shooting board to shoot (chute?) the 45. I had no faith that this would work.
But it freaking did!
This is when I realized that I still needed a rabbet in the rear for the glass, picture, and hardboard to fit into. I also should have done that prior to cutting and shooting. Oh well.
To cut out the rabbet, I used the marking gauge to mark a line on the back of the frame. Then, using the Lie Nielsen Skew Block Plane, I made many cuts down to the line. I could have used a saw to cut this corner out, since it won't be seen, but this plane is awesome. It has a removable side and a nicker, so it scores the grain, then the skewed blade takes out perfect strips. I have it set deep, and it makes a nice cut every time. It also has a depth gauge to keep your cuts consistent. It's like a block plane, a rabbeting block plane, and a moving fillister all in one.
Plus the shavings are great fire starters!
I cut the other side of each piece to rough length, but am stopping for the night. I need to run out and get a piece of glass so that I can get everything exact, and I'm not running out in my shorts at 11:43 at night.
Of course since no one is reading this, who cares?