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Creating Picture Frame Moulding

How To Make Picture Frame Moulding


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The Importance of Picture Frame Moulding 


How to Make Picture Frame Moulding made in the Woodworking Shop - how to make picture frame moulding

Picture Frame Moulding made in the Woodworking Shop

Many of us are surrounded with pictures that we cherish. We may have pictures of family and friends throughout the years. Then again we may have photographs of special occasions such as births, weddings, or graduations. Simply put, we have pictures and art work that are everyday reminders of many pleasant thoughts and memories. In this woodworking video and article we are focused on how to make picture frame moulding that we have created in the workshop.


Picture Frame Moulding made in the Wood Shop

Now, it is easy to drive over to the nearest discount store or frame shop to purchase a picture frame, however we as woodworkers have a tremendous advantage. However, we can learn how to make picture frame moulding and frames right in our woodworking shop. We can be creative and make unique picture frame mouldings and custom frames for our own collection of pictures. We have many choices of woods and wood tones from which to select. We can also embellish our frames as we see fit. Moreover, we can take pride in using our acquired skills to make our own custom picture moulding and frames.


Picture Frame Moulding Profiles


For our picture frame moulding we are using a 3/4″ roundover bit in the router table and we are also using dado blades in the table saw. The dado blades will cut a rabbet and it will also cut a dado that will house a decorative wood inlay.

In the woodworking video we can see how the woodworker takes a flat board and turns it into picture frame moulding ready to be mitered. We can pay attention to how the woodworker sets up featherboards to control the cutting action on the router table and on the table saw. Then we can view how a sacrificial fence is used when cutting dadoes on the table saw and also how push sticks are utilized for safety.

Best of all, once the picture frame is complete with picture and hanging on the wall we will also have the enjoyable memory of our time well spent being creative and productive in the woodworking shop.


For more information on making picture frames see…How to Make Picture Frames with Wood Inlay.

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14…How to Create Dentil Moulding

Dentil mouldings are a distinctive member of the classical moulding family. Often you will see a distinguished building and then when you look up to view the architectural moulding of the cornice you will very often see dentils as one of the cornice members. The same holds true for furniture. Visit a museum that features fine woodworking from the past few hundred years and you are sure to find a furniture piece with a cornice that includes millwork such as dentil moulding.

So, if you were building furniture today and wanted to apply a moulding trim of dentals how would you secure the moulding? Sure, you could purchase some online or perhaps there is a planing mill in the area where it could be purchased. However, what if you could make dentil moulding in your own woodworking shop? The above video tutorial demonstrates how to make decorative dentil moulding for furniture trim. The key to making dentil moulding is having a shop made Dedicated Dado Sled for the table saw

When you have the Dado Sled available you will be finding uses for it in a very short time. The dentil moulding that you see in the video is cherry moulding. It was produced from an off fall ripping of cherry from a previous project. However, if you were to go out and purchase dentil moulding for your woodworking project, what would it cost? Then again, when you decide to create dentil moulding for your own wood project you as a craftsman may find yourself feeling a whole lot better about yourself and the craft of woodworking.

Note: The Dedicated Miter Sled for the Table Saw was used to cut the miter returns for the Dentil moulding.

There is an indexing pin to control equal spacing as the series of dado cuts are made. Also, notice that there is an auxiliary fence with 1/4″ holes at the fence bottom to house the indexing pin. The auxiliary fence has a dado which houses T track on the unseen side of the fence. Two T bolts are in the T track and the bolts extend through drilled holes of the main fence. Two star knobs on the main fence fasten the T bolts thus securing the auxiliary fence in place. The auxiliary fence allows for lateral adjustments which in turn control the spacing of the dado cuts being made when using the indexing pin.

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