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Over the last 10 months I've been busy trying to learn about woodworking and discovered what I like best are scroll sawing projects.
I've learned a lot so far but have a very long way to go.  I think I'm trying too many different things rather than learning how to do one thing well first.
Need to stay off YouTube....
Just finished making a table saw picture framing jig/sled.  Of course now I need to learn how to make some frames, or maybe not. 
How many of you make your own frames??
 

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With A D D  it's extremely difficult learning new things and have made more stupid ass mistakes than I will share.  Cutting accurate miters is just part of the equation.  I genuinely suck at measuring and will need to learn the proper way to come up with frame sizes without any mats. Some YouTube videos require an engineering degree. I need instructions a cave man can follow 🥴

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Jimmy, in my experience the easiest and most accurate way to measure the length of the frame piece is to measure at the rabbet. The only calculation needed is to add 1/8" for "wiggle" room. 

For example; you're wanting to build an 11 x 14 frame, you would add an 1/8" to the length of each piece, so 2 pieces 11 1/8" and two pieces 14 1/8.

Using a 45* tool (speed square, for example) mark a line on one end of your stick of molding (or just cut a 45 off one end); at the rabbet measure 14 1/8", mark a 45* line, measure from the outside marks to determine the length, use this to set the stop so that both pieces are exactly the same length.  Rinse and repeat.

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4 hours ago, Wichman said:

Jimmy, in my experience the easiest and most accurate way to measure the length of the frame piece is to measure at the rabbet. The only calculation needed is to add 1/8" for "wiggle" room. 

For example; you're wanting to build an 11 x 14 frame, you would add an 1/8" to the length of each piece, so 2 pieces 11 1/8" and two pieces 14 1/8.

Using a 45* tool (speed square, for example) mark a line on one end of your stick of molding (or just cut a 45 off one end); at the rabbet measure 14 1/8", mark a 45* line, measure from the outside marks to determine the length, use this to set the stop so that both pieces are exactly the same length.  Rinse and repeat.

Read it three times... Speed square, rabbet, rince & repeat got through...

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I just make mine out of bb.  One big piece.  Make it about an inch and a half wide or so and cut out the inside and outside. Like a big flimsy square or rectangle or whatever.  Can easily make round frames like this as well.

tried piecing parts together and gluing and all that and it was just too much hassle.  This way i am still left with a black to use for another project. 

I then just paint it black and glue it to the backer. 

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Yes, it's the outer dimension on a 1/4" Baltic birch panel with no mat and wanting a 1/4" space between the artwork and the frame interior.  I have a router table and cut rabbets before with some trial and error cutting them before frame is assembled.  Tired of spending hours making firewood 😖

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