I wanted to share my experience with the construction of the picture frame project.
This sure looks easy when Paul shows it but I had a hard time on my first frame(s). Everything that could go wrong went wrong. This first frame got burned 🙂
My second frame was already better but I found it hard to glue the corners and splines together.
Here is a picture of the glue up of a corner:
The finished piece after planing:
Then I decided that it was time to go trough my stack of reclaimed lumber. I found some short pieces of oak and planed them to uniform thickness.
A while ago I already purchased some cheap frames with real glass at a good prices (1,25€ for a frame sized 21×29.7cm). I also bought some smaller frames (10x15cm) for 0,75€. This way I was sure I had good glass and I didn’t had to cut it myself (or cut myself :-))
This is my 3rd attempt in oak:
I struggled with the glue-up and clamping and found an alternative way to clamp them. (No band clamps available at a reasonable price in my area). I took some masonry rope (?) and tied a knot so the loop fitter the frame. Then I added 2 blocks of wood in between every frame side (in the middle) and the rope. Then I applied pressure by moving the blocks the the corners. This adds a lot of clamping pressure and allows you to evaluate the ‘mighters’. After some small corrections I could glue it up.
Here is my clamping setup: