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Gilbert
Frames with hand tools

I recently graduated and have a diploma I'd like to frame. Unfortunately, diploma frames are expensive and I'd rather make my own. I don't really have a space to use power tools, so I've been looking at using hand tools. I know I'll need to cut miters and a rabbet to fit the matte, glass, and diplomas. Does anyone have any advice to what tools I should buy? Rabbet planes, miter box, chisels, etc.

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Frames with hand tools

Gilbert,

I am not knocking you wanting to start practicing woodworking. If you think a $5 picture frame is costly, you are in for a real shock when you price a plane and back saw. Even a couple good quality chisles will cost more than 10 picture frames.  I suggest that you build you own miter box. The cheap plastic ones are not any good.

As for the tools to purchase, that is more presonal preference. I purchase the best quality I can find. A tool will never, ever break while it is sitting in the tool chest. It will only break when in use. At that time, you will wish you had purchased a good quality the first time. If you want a nice straight cut, purchase a high quality back saw. You will need a small block plane to fine tune that cut to make to the ajoining side cut.

You will be better off purchasing the wood with the rabbet already cut. Then all that you have to cut and tune are the end cuts.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

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