Rectangular Picture Frame.
Routing the frame from solid timber will require two templates. One of the templates will also act as the jig material, and the internal cutting of the frame can be completed with greater Safety Awareness when the router is used in the plunge mode with the aid of the template guides.
Producing the templates have always been a stopping block for a number of people and therefore they do not make the effort to continue. I admit some are more complex than others. In the photo above the template shown is also the jig to hold the material secure
For a number of years the most popular method of construction the picture frame has been with the router in the below bench position, or cutting the internal shape with the jigsaw and routing the internal moulding with the rounding over cutter fitted with a bearing. The external edge is usually completed on the router table with the use of a bearing cutter.
Routing in the plunge mode;
You will require to produce some method of holding the material secure during the process. The method I have been using for years is to construct a simple box which I refer to as my Jig Holder and as the name implies it holds the jig in position. This Jig holder is 400 x 300 x 40mm and the jig is 400 x 300 x 12mm MDF
The jig will support the material in the centre of the Jig.
There are alternative methods of securing the material
Producing the Template. The size of the cut-out will depend on a number of features, starting with the size of the photgraph to be inserted what template guide and cutter combination to be used.
Preparing the template cut-out
In this instance the size of the cut-out was calculated by determining the size of the picture to be inserted and adding the difference between the template guide and the cutter that will be used
Picture size 180 x 130mm
Difference between template guide and cutter 20mm
The template cut-out is 200 x 150mm
How to produce a neat cut-out?
Simply cut 4 pieces of material from 12mm MDF, and glue them together. Then laminate them to produce that extra strength required. Laminate an off-cut of the same material. This will be used as a Router Support during the process
The enclosed video will show the final stages of construction