I am a keen photographer and my wife and I want to start making our own
frames. I would like to produce some 'used' timber frames and make my own
mouldings. I have searched the net but have not found any real helpful
woodworking sites that focus on this subject. I plan to purchase a simple
router and DIY bench, a power or hand mitre saw etc. Could use some help
please from those who have walked before as to the best direction to go with
these items. Also traps for new players.
I'm thinking of starting this myself as well. What i want is one of
those corner clamps that make sure your frame is correct on the
corners. Just got a new set of router bits (for another job) but I see
the framing starting some time this winter. My step son has given me
serveral bundles of oak flooring strips about 3ft by 1 inch by 3 inch
wide. I think these will make very nice frames. I actually think that
the glass will be the biggest problem. Not getting it, but cutting it
to the right size. I've tried working with glass over the years and
have not been all that successful.
Get a flat working surface, a straight edge with rubber backing so it won't
slide off the glass. Then dip your glass cutter in some kerosene to
lubricate it and pressing down firmly run it ONE time along the straight
Slide the glass over until the scribed line is at the edge of your working
surface and press down quickly. It should go "plink" and break right along
It couldn't be more simple. My 6 year old could do it on his first try.
Cutting curves is different, but a straight line for a picture frame should
be a piece of cake.
I never could get a common glass cutter to work, either I
pressed to hard or pressed to light. But, I once cut a
whole mess of glass for a greenhouse using a diamond
scribe. Worked as slick as a whistle and only messed up 2
or 3 cuts out of nearly 100. Also, I've heard that old
glass can be pretty tricky. Don't know if that's true but
cutting straight lines on new glass with a diamond scribe is
old glass is just dirty, which prevents a good score. there's nothing
inherent in old glass that prevents cutting it well.
an oil filled (use kerosene instead) cutter will run around $20. note,
there's different wheels for different thicknesses of glass. if you're
cutting 1/4" or larger, you need a special thick glass cutter, which you
won't find in most normal places.
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