Two-part (or even three- or four-part) frames are a great way to create deep, eye-catching picture frames beefy enough for a big landscape painting but capable of holding even a small family photo.
I built this frame with cherry on the outside and quartersawn sycamore in the inside. Make the inner frame first, cutting the usual 3/8-in. rabbet (Photo 1) and then routing the profile on the face (Photo 2).
Then machine the outside frame (Photos 3 through 6). Miter and glue the inner frame; then cut the outer frame to fit. Tack the frames together with a few brad nails.
(Note: Product availability and costs are subject to change since original publication date.)
Amana Tools from ToolsToday.com, 888-699-3939, www.toolstoday.com 3/8-in. rabbeting bit with 1/4-in. shank, #49300; with 1/2-in. shank, #49302; Chamfer bit with 1/4-in. shank, #49400; with 1/2-in. shank, #49402.
MLCS, mlcswoodworking.com, 800-533-9298, 3/4-in. straight bit, #5455 1/4-in. shank; #7755 1/2-in. shank; Picture-frame ogee bit with 1/2-in. shank only, #8622; Picture-frame molding bit with 1/4-in. shank, #6321; with 1/2-in. shank, #8621.
Freud Tools from Seven Corners Hardware, 7corners.com, 651-224-4859, 1/4-in. round-over bit with 1/4-in. shank, #34-110; with 1/2-in. shank, #34-120.
Rockler, rockler.com, 800-279-4441, Classic ogee bit with 1/4-in. shank, #91666; with 1/2-in. shank, #91673.
This story originally appeared in American Woodworker March 2006, issue #120.
March 2006, issue #120
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1. On the inner frame, cut the rabbet to house the matte board, glass and artwork.
2. Add a distinctive profile to the face of the inner frame using a specialized picture-frame molding bit.
3. The outer frame gets an ogee profile. I used a specialized bit that creates an extra-large roundover
4. Complete the rounded edge by flipping the board and routing a roundover on the ogee’s opposite side.
5. Use a straight bit to cut a rabbet to house the inner frame.
6. Chamfer the back edge to lift the frame off the wall and make the frame appear less massive.