Make Custom Picture Frames With Your Table Saw

Make Custom Picture Frames With Your Table Saw
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Putting a picture in a nice frame can really brighten up your home (or make a good gift). If you really want a personal touch, you can build your own using your table saw.

For a simple decorative touch, it’s hard to beat half lap joints, when building picture frames or cabinet faces. Mortise and tenon joints are stronger, and pocket screw joints take less time to assemble. However, with a table saw and dado blade, you can bang out enough picture frames for every family member.

To make a half lap joint you need a wide dado blade to mill out enough wood from each part so the resulting joint is as thick as the frame. Attach the overlapping joint pieces together using glue. You can strengthen this joint using a pair of pegs or screws that are attached through the joint parts.

Check out the link below for more specifics on technique and tool setup.

How to Cut Lap Joints [Woodworkers Journal]


  • And if all you have is a hand saw, you can achieve the same joint by gluing two thinner pieces together of different lengths (one length is shorter by the width).

    Use three ply and you get a tongue and groove.

    Turn the joint perpendicular and you get a rabbet joint (it’s simple, but I like the double rabbet, with dowels if required).

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