Introduction: Perfect Mitre Joints for Picture Frames
I can often be a pain getting a tight joint when making picture frames and unless you have forked-out for a costly mitre guillotine, getting a 45 degree angle can be a pain.
this guide will walk you through how to create a basic picture frame.
Step 1: Preparing Your Stock
prepare your timber by running it through the thicknesser, to make sure all your sides are the exact same thickness.
Step 2: Rough Cut Your Mitres
Use a compound mitre saw to cut your sides to the desired lengths. make sure you use an end-stop, because equal length is just as crucial as perfect angles.
Step 3: Tuning Up the Mitres
A low-cost solution for tuning your mitre joints is to attach a solid fence to the table of a disk sander.
Use a speed square to set this to 45 degrees and secure it to the t-slot with bolts and wing nuts.
You can make fine adjustments to your pre-cut mitres to achieve a perfectly smooth, sharp mitre.
Step 4: Check the Length
Lay out the parallel sides together to make sure that they are still the exact same length, as they will have changed length slightly through sanding.
I hope that this has been of some use to you, please comment and make suggestions.
6 years ago
Back in my early- early days of woodworking I didn't have much power equipment so I learned to shoot miters with my bench plane and scrap stock:
I never really gave it up either, even when I had many power tools, there was just something very satisfying about giving them a few licks with my bench plane and making a nearly invisible joint line. ☺