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How to make a simple picture frame using a woodworking router

Jun 10, 2021
So you just got your first

woodworking

router

and you really want to build something with it. If you're totally new to the

router

and need to get up to speed on the absolute basics you'll need to know, click here. We'll take you to part 1 of this router 101 video, so start with say a 4 foot piece of wood, just go to your local center, get a piece of pine to practice on, this will be your first router project that we'll do. a

picture

frame

, but it will be a great

frame

and all you will need is a quarter inch rounded bit and a three quarter inch straight bit.
how to make a simple picture frame using a woodworking router
I've installed that quarter inch bullnose bit into my router, one of the cool things about this bullnose bits is that they have this little shoulder down here, so if you want to create a bullnose edge that's completely rounded, I would take this bit down all the way. where this little flat part of the shoulder wouldn't show, but for this project I've raised it. how far this little one is going to cut, I don't know, about 8 inches, so when it goes through, I hope you can see that it's going to form this profile, so I'm going to go through my board all the way keeping this side. of the board next to the bearing that gives me this rounded edge with this little shoulder now I will do the other side.
how to make a simple picture frame using a woodworking router

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I usually like to do a second pass through the wood just to clean anything up and

make

it completely smooth. so there's my first pass, the quarter inch fillet and the two shoulders, now I need to head over to the table saw. I ripped that board out, I don't know, it's a little over a quarter of an inch thick down here, so there's that. my little round piece of molding. I've installed that 3/4 inch straight bit into my router now and I'm going to cut it. I'll raise it up to about half the distance from this piece of molding.
how to make a simple picture frame using a woodworking router
Now I'm going to take the rest of that board and I've placed my fence where it's going to cut. I don't know how to go first, although I want to turn this down a bit because I don't want to have to cut everything. of that in one pass, so I have my three-quarter inch slot and the wood itself is three-quarter inch so the molding piece slides right in there like that and essentially, that's how inlays are made. job, I ripped that board down to where each of these sides is about the same length and again that's where the strip will fit, but I'm not going to glue it on just yet.
how to make a simple picture frame using a woodworking router
I have reinstalled my quarter inch bullnose bit with that little shoulder attached. up and I'll feed this piece that way. Now I put my straight three-quarter inch penis back into the router and turned this piece around. There's the curved cut I just made on that side that I set up. I put up my fence and this is going to be for the little part that holds the image so I just want to zoom out a little bit from here and a little bit more, well I made a couple passes over there and that gives me this cropped piece here and what it is it's a rabbit so you could use it for all kinds of

woodworking

in this case it will fit this way and the glass and the photograph will fit this way here's my piece so far with that rabbit cut out from there and you might be wondering why I didn't cut this round piece when I made this side and well, I should have.
Normally I would do it at the end of the project, once it is assembled I would just pass the frame completely. the way around it, but I forgot that I'm going to put this inlay here and it's going to stick out a little bit, so it won't lay flat, so I put my quarter inch circle a little bit back on my router and now I'm going to cut that side of the drill bit which is my final profile, so now what I'm going to do is glue this piece onto the track, very well, so that everything is held in place and so you know that that is the profile of The

picture

frame doesn't look like a lot now, but wait for it to dry and we'll move on to the next step.
You can certainly cut all of these miters

using

your table saw or even a miter box and hand saw. The reasons I don't like to put that round all the way usually is because I like to use this band clamp and the band clamp needs some surface area to grip on and when it's rounded sometimes it's a little hard to grip, but I think This will work with dried glue. I went ahead and sprayed some lacquer on it to finish it off, so I can see here's the back of the frame, there's the recess where the glass and the photo will go to put the image in there.
I just cut a piece. of plexiglass to fit that size and then I'll take my photo, I'll put it like this and I just cut a piece of cardboard for the backing and then to secure it I just took some small nails, some small Brads, and I partially tapped them in. Well, there are a lot of different ways to hang frames on the wall, but something small like this I just like to have these little sawtooth hangers because you don't really even have to center them and just tap them in and with that the photo frame is complete. and boy, I think it's a great way to show a young David Hasselhoff.
Well, there you have the photo frame. Picture frames

make

great router projects because you can combine all types of profiles and create a unique frame every time. It gives you a chance to really play with the bits in your router and experiment, and they're useful too. I mean, who doesn't need a photo of David Hasselhoff? So I hope there is a router 101. It has been a useful thing and has taken you away. some of the mystery behind the router and some of the intimidation behind it because it's such a loud tool that it's a little intimidating, but anyway, just go out and practice with it, have fun, just get some scrap wood, make a profile, find out what you can do with it because really without a router everything is square.
I'll talk to you later.

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