Framed | Popular Woodworking Magazine

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FRAMED

The old family photograph that needed a new frame was odd in size, 10-5 / 8 inches by 11-3 / 8 inches, so I knew I couldn’t buy a suitable frame. Starting with a piece of straight-grained oak, I used a combination of cutters to create a unique profile for a new frame. I sanded, gummed, polished and polished with paste wax. Voila: an exquisite length of molding for frames!

I calculated how much to add for the beveled corners and then cut the molding into four pieces, two for each length. So I carefully cut all the machine guns.

I have always used corner clamps to glue miter joints. I carefully aligned the first two pieces and locked them. Then I repeated the process with the other two pieces. The submachine guns were perfect! I set aside both assemblies to dry overnight.

The next day, I placed one group in one corner clamp and joined the other. But as I approached the second assembly, I realized I was wrong: both times, I had glued together two pieces of the same length. The result was a lopsided frame that no amount of wood filler could hide! -Alan Underwood

MURPHY’S LAWS OF WOODWORKING

Murphy’s Law states that if something can go wrong, it will. I am convinced that the axiom applies to woodworking. Here are ten examples I have experienced:

  • The more expensive the wood, the more you will waste.
  • When you drop a piece with the newly applied glue, it will land with the glue down on a pile of dust and shavings.
  • Each scrap piece will be 1/2 inch short of being useful.
  • When bonding, nothing lines up as well as during dry fitting.
  • For every hour you spend working with wood, you spend two hours cleaning.
  • The phone only rings when you are gluing or applying the finish.
  • You will always locate the area you forgot to paint right after cleaning the brush.
  • When you install the butt hinges, at least one brass screw will break.
  • A fallen tool always lands where it hurts the most.
  • The coloring brings out the grain … as well as stains, scratches and glue stains.

-Edwin Hackleman


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