There are certain things around our homes that we do not think to make ourselves. Instead, whenever we need new items we head out to the shops and buy them and spend more money than absolutely necessary. Picture frames are such items.
We never think to make our own frames and yet if you have the right equipment it is easy to save a lot of money by designing and making your own. The mitre saw is the perfect piece of equipment for picture frames and indeed any other number of tasks around the home.
What Is A Mitre Saw
A mitre saw is a type of circular saw that can be found in any good hardware or DIY store. The majority of those available are now powered rather than manual, although some people do prefer to use the manual version and all of the tools that come along with it for precise cutting. However, the powered saw is more effective and efficient so it would undoubtedly save you time and money.
Regardless of whether you use a saw for picture frames or anything else for that matter, it is important to make sure that the environment is enhances in terms of safety. The mitre saw is extremely powerful and sharp and can seriously injure any individual that is not concentrating on the task at hand.
Your workshop or work area have a decent workbench, safety goggles and gloves, and a quiet environment with no distractions at the very least. This is extremely important. No matter how small the task, the power of the mitre saw should never be underestimated.
Making Picture Frames
If you do plan on making your own picture fames then it s a great way to get started with the mitre saw. A small task will give you the practice you need to be able to move onto bigger tasks later on and will also provide you with a beautiful decoration for your home.
Here is a step by step guide to using a mitre saw for picture frames:
1. Measure the picture you want to frame to ascertain how much wood you will need. Be sure to over estimate so you have some wood left jut in case something goes wrong. Purchase the frame wood.
2. Measure the picture again and add 4” to each piece before using the mitre saw to cut the individual pieces by simply making a straight cut across the wood. Be sure to put goggle and gloves on in advance.
3. Lay the pieces on top of the picture and mark the intersections where they come together on the inside of the frame and the outside of the frame.
4. Join the inner corner contact point and the outer corner contact point with a pencil line. It is this line you should cut across using the mitre saw Take your time because it is easy to stray off the pencil line.
5. When all pieces have been cut to size, lay them in the frame position and use small nails to join them by hammering them in diagonally.
That is literally all there is to it. No other saw can cut with the same precision as the mitre saw and it is important to get it right with picture frames because any gaps will be visible. Once you have a little experience you can use the mitre saw for picture frames that are a little more complex and indeed almost anything else you like.