Originally Posted by smakovits
This here is brilliant. As I perused the aisles at Lowes last night, I was not finding the 1/2" long pieces I would use for a frame. The only ones I found were the little 2 footers and everything else was like 1" thick.
I guess now I know, that what I really need is 1/2" thick plywood and then cut that down to 1-1/2" wide pieces...
then, cut to the appropriate lengths and then what, how do you secure the 4 pieces together, in order to get the 2" thick frame, just wood glue, stack and a few finish nails?
Lastly, what is the best method for securing the 4 frame members? Do you cut them at an angle at the ends to connect or do you secure them on the square(?) ?
To be honest I don't remember if we used staples or not on the junctions or not, but it IS a lot of glue.
Don't use angles! You want to do it square, and on top of that, alternate the lengths so they overlap.
Say your total frame is 4' by 2'. All of your strips are 1 1/2" wide and 1/2" thick.
First lay down 2 strips which are 4' long. Then two that are 1' 9" long between them, making a square.
Cover them all with glue.
Then your next layer would have 2 pieces which are 3' 9" long, and 2 pieces which are 2' long.
Press them together.
Then there are 8 different places where pieces join (per layer) in your whole frame, but all 8 of them are in different places than the other layer.
Once you have them together and the glue has dried you can run them through a router to put angles on them.