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    A dude who I used to work with got in touch the other day to ask if I could make something for him. About five years ago, we were on the same construction site and he had me make him a custom picture frame to hold a picture of his Grandfather and the rest of his fellow sailors in front of their ship. I did it and he was pretty happy with it. It was constructed of walnut with tiger maple inlay on the face.

    This time, he wanted a frame of the same style, but this time, it was to hold a tri-folded American flag that belonged to that same Grandfather. Not sure what that fold is called, but you get the idea. You have all seen the frames in catalogs. I was always intrigued by the idea of building one of these frames, but never came upon the opportunity to get to it. This was the perfect excuse to getting down to completing one. The project contains two extremely low angle joints....unconventional angles that are not normally found in woodworking...and for sure...out of the range of the normal miter gauge. I would need to build a jig to accommodate that angle. The challenge was enough for me to say yes. It would be another challenge to overcome.

    The milling up of the stock was the normal jointer and planer operations and a groove was milled down the center with my dado set for the same tiger maple inlay that I had made back for the original project for him. I located some of the left over maple from the original project and it was as if it had been waiting to join its fellow inlay pieces from years back. Here are the three pieces of stock after milling and clamped up for the inlay to set up in the grooves.


    As to the jig to obtain the 22 1/2" degree angle cut.......I have had this jig laying around for years. This jig, along with, I think was a 41 degree setting on my miter gauge, got me to the 22 1/2 degree setting I needed for the sharp angles of the frame.



    It was used to make this jig.......which was used to make a jig for some stationary louvered window treatments.



    This is the frame I built about five years ago.



    The tiger maple inlay was just awesome!



    So here it is...the first time I have ever attempted one of these flag frames.



    Here is the detail of the back. The back consists of a 1/4" oak panel that is held in place by swiveling retainers. The picture hook is mounted on top and is oriented for a blade type picture hook.



    A matching set.



    Now, this only took me two days to make. It was a simple project sans the low angle miters which took some finagling. I was not completely on the mark with the angles on the bottom of the frame. I knew they would be bastards and I was right. I think I am determined to come up with a jig that I can use over and over that would be used just for this angle cut. After this project...one which I would almost consider a failure due to the difficulties with the low angle joint....I am determined to conquer the sonofabitch! Anyway, I enjoyed the challenge, got real close to having it come out perfect, I gained some more experience, instilled some more woodworking knowledge in my wife who is interested in the work, I used little time and little material. Lastly, it was being made for a person who served our country. For all of those reasons, I told my wife that I would not ask a penny for it and just give it to my buddy. The little bit that I would have profited by charging him, would easily be outweighed by the good I would feel in giving it to my buddy.

  • #2
    Nice job, Howie.
    And a nice gesture.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by HowieTheHat View Post
      Whipped this out for a friend the other day
      "Whipped this out" ... Gee, I dunno, Howie, I see about 8 man hours of labor invested in this project... Anyway, I'll be in touch the next time I need a display placque made for one of my swords.

      Originally posted by DiverTexas View Post
      Nice job, Howie.And a nice gesture.
      Concur... Top notch craftsmanship.

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      • #4
        I used to do a single angle on both sides instead of trying to split the angles, I'm going to do the same for Dad's flag box when I get a chance to get that built. it's harder if you want to do an inlay but a bit easier when cutting.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Blasted View Post
          I used to do a single angle on both sides instead of trying to split the angles, I'm going to do the same for Dad's flag box when I get a chance to get that built. it's harder if you want to do an inlay but a bit easier when cutting.
          That would work in many applications. However, I needed to match the previous frame which had the inlay. Your method would not allow the inlay to match up together in the low angle joints.

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          • #6
            Very cool work HH

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            • #7
              Like I said earlier....I was going to conquer the son of a bitch and I wound up with some time to spare today and I tackled it. I now realize that I wasn't careful enough in my transferring angles and measurements when I was setting up for the low angles in the project. Today, I relaxed and sketched out exactly what I needed and came up with an exact jig. If I set my miter gauge at 50 degrees and add the jig, it passes a piece of wood through the tablesaw blade at exactly 22 1/2 degrees.



              Proof is in the experimental pudding. Some scrap I used to test the jig out.



              A perfect 45 degree miter. There are two of these miters at the bottom of the frame and a 90 degree miter at the top. I try to always reinforce the joints with biscuits. The 90 was obviously easy to do, but I believe I may need to conjur up another jig to use with my biscuit joiner as I gave it a shot with the frame I built, and I ran into some trouble, so I pin nailed the joints when they were gluing up and called it a day. Not sure about the strength of those joints. Not much sheer protection.

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              • #8
                impressive howie

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by anue View Post
                  impressive howie
                  Thanks. The challenge and ultimately the meeting of that challenge is where the satisfaction is.

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