September 20, 2021

Woody Woodworking

and its tools

How to make large picture frames with splined corners

2 min read

These frames are built with hard maple, and feature purpleheart splines in the corner for strength and style. Picture frames aren’t very difficult to make, but there are a lot of small details that can change the outcome. I’ve made plenty of picture frames throughout the years, and it always seems to take longer than it should because of the time required to calibrate power tools, build or set up jigs, and verify that each angle and measurement is exactly as it should be. This was one of my smoothest builds yet, mostly thanks to some extra time spent making a better spline jig for the table saw.

Tools and supplies:
Whiteside 3/4" 1084 straight bit: https://amzn.to/3wQTNKQ
Whiteside ultimate pattern bit: https://amzn.to/3oNdFKZ
Freud Chamfer Bit: https://amzn.to/35y2VYO
DeWalt 1-3/4 HP router kit: https://amzn.to/3iXgUzD
Self-Centering Drill Bit: https://amzn.to/3wGqr1J
2′ Universal T-Track: https://amzn.to/3gApZwz
4′ Universal T-Track: https://amzn.to/2SBpZmX
Quick Release Band Clamp: https://amzn.to/3vIuAAV
Turn Buttons: https://amzn.to/3wGFzfw
Keyhole hangers: https://amzn.to/3q6fQL8
Satin water-based polyurethane: https://amzn.to/3iT46tJ
Fuji Mini-Mite 4 PLATINUM: https://amzn.to/3gIYlxD
Fuji Q4 PLATINUM: https://amzn.to/3wHmbiB

Chapters:
0:00 Design
0:50 Wood preparation
3:28 Cutting miters on the table saw
5:20 Rabbets and edge details
8:02 Clamping and gluing
11:35 Corner splines
18:17 Keyhole hangers and turn buttons
21:44 Sanding and finishing
24:46 Final details

This video is not sponsored. I paid for everything and used my own time. As an Amazon Associate, I may earn a small commission if you use these links to make a purchase.

Woodworking News Source: The Snekker Show

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