Around my house a log framed picture is worth a two thousand words…
So the question is:
How do you get a round log to split perfectly in two, to give you two flat sides, to make a picture frame?
In this video watch as our friend, colleague and new guest instructor, Tom Heatherington with www.LogCabinDirectory.com shows you how to make a rustic log picture frame.
First, take time to set yourself up a cutting guide using a straight, level and square board (1″x4″- 1″x6″ depending on the diameter of the log), countersink the board with different screw heights to allow you to cut the center point of a several different diameter logs.
Now you have a guide that will allow you to achieve a nice square cut as you proceed in ripping the log on the table saw.
Next, line up your log square and flush to the center point on the side of your guide board. Holding in tight against the guide board insert the screws. Use 2 – 3 screws depending on the length of the log.
And no need to worry about the screw holes. After-all, this is a rustic log picture frame. You can fill them with putty later or not.
With the back of the guide board up against the table saw rip fence, start the saw and proceed with the cut.
Now you have a round side and a perfectly flat side.
When it comes time to start cutting the 45 degree miter cuts on these log picture frames, having a “chop saw” or miter saw makes it easy. And if you plan on making more than one at a time consider taking time to set up a jig. This will save you much time in the long run.
In the glue-up phase it’s as easy as squaring up the sides, spreading buy Lescol XL online the glue and allowing it time to set up and cure.
Now all that’s left to do is finish your new log picture frame with your choice of stain and wood finishes.
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