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by prospero
Thu 30 Jun, 2022 1:05 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: How much do any of us use our routers and what for?
Replies: 9
Views: 161

Re: How much do any of us use our routers and what for?

If you are using a router table you really need dust extraction or it will get jammed very quickly. Particularly with pine. It's not the dust so much as the chippings. As for the table saw, I took the bottom off and mounted it over a drawer unit from my old desk. The dust (well most of it) drops int...
by prospero
Wed 29 Jun, 2022 4:07 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: How much do any of us use our routers and what for?
Replies: 9
Views: 161

Re: How much do any of us use our routers and what for?

You're like me Mark. Too many toys. :lol:
by prospero
Wed 29 Jun, 2022 10:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Selling small frames and prints for purely decorative uses.
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: Selling small frames and prints for purely decorative uses.

A chap I knew used to routinely cut all his offcuts into little frames and put any old picture in them. Right down to postage stamps. :lol: He would do this all year and come Christmas would set a stall out near his back door and sell them to tourists for <£10. He did have the advantage of being in ...
by prospero
Wed 29 Jun, 2022 10:14 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: How practical is it to cut moulding using an electric mitre saw?
Replies: 2
Views: 74

Re: How practical is it to cut moulding using an electric mitre saw?

I chop nearly all my moulding on a setup I contrived myself. :D It's exclusively for plain mouldings so any slight imperfections get 'made good' in the finishing process. It's vastly quicker than using a Morso, especially larger ones with complex profiles. (I chop smaller mouldings on my Morso). I m...
by prospero
Wed 29 Jun, 2022 9:56 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: How much do any of us use our routers and what for?
Replies: 9
Views: 161

Re: How much do any of us use our routers and what for?

I use mine for two jobs basically. On a couple of R&H mouldings that are just flat obeche with a rebate, I cut either a round-over with a little 'step' or a cove. It just makes a flat moulding more interesting. I did use it for making a little bridge piece for a stacked combination using cheap pine ...
by prospero
Tue 28 Jun, 2022 10:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Selling small frames and prints for purely decorative uses.
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: Selling small frames and prints for purely decorative uses.

I think part of the problem is that people don't get photos printed very much nowadays. While they take a LOT more, they keep them on their phones and PCs in digital format. I found 5x4" a popular size for stand-up frames. 7x5 not so popular but 8x6" is. The biggest I'd go to is 10x8". I made 100s u...
by prospero
Mon 27 Jun, 2022 10:19 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Wings on an underpinner?
Replies: 9
Views: 130

Re: Wings on an underpinner?

I contrived a cunning installation for a CS-88. The space in my workshop is very limited so I cut a chunk out of a bench in the corner a wedged it in. The left side run-out goes along a fixed board of the same height and I have a moveable support for the right side which rests on the main bench. Whe...
by prospero
Sat 25 Jun, 2022 9:55 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Spring Clips
Replies: 6
Views: 125

Re: Spring Clips

I used to use the spring clips from Lion, but the latest batch appear to be made of very brittle steel and have the unfortunate habit of snapping near the screw hole when under tension. I've switched to using the bendy plates. They do require that you put one tiny screw into the stretcher bar. One t...
by prospero
Sat 18 Jun, 2022 4:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cleaning Glass
Replies: 12
Views: 320

Re: Cleaning Glass

Kitchen paper. :wink:
by prospero
Fri 17 Jun, 2022 11:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shortage of moulding stock at suppliers ....
Replies: 15
Views: 385

Re: Shortage of moulding stock at suppliers ....

I think this has always been a crimp. Italian factories have long Summer hols and if the importers are not stocked-up then there are long delays. Of course, other world factors compound the problem. Another reason I do only h/f mouldings. Rose&Hollis are brilliant. :clap: They were out of a couple o...
by prospero
Fri 17 Jun, 2022 11:36 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: how reliable are couriers at delivering orders on time these days.
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: how reliable are couriers at delivering orders on time these days.

All my deliveries have been on time. Can't grumble. 8)
by prospero
Wed 15 Jun, 2022 11:37 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Aargh! Not enought moulding
Replies: 9
Views: 216

Re: Aargh! Not enought moulding

Not your average framer wrote:
Wed 15 Jun, 2022 8:06 am
Ooo! That's interestiing. Black wax over white. I'm not sure what that looks like. Something for me try when I get the chance!
"Black Bison" is the brand Mark. It comes in various colours. But you knew that. :P
by prospero
Wed 15 Jun, 2022 4:36 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Trade priced frames for local artists.
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: Trade priced frames for local artists.

Artists (all customers in fact) get fixated with the cost of the physical frames. In reality the majority of the cost is in the labour required. They get a frame from a charity shop for £5. Then they are faced with the problem of inveigling their art into it. This may be possible but the labour invo...
by prospero
Tue 14 Jun, 2022 4:50 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Trade priced frames for local artists.
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: Trade priced frames for local artists.

If only artists would give a bit of thought to the practicalities they could save a lot of money. For instance, if they produce work that needs a piece of glass 25x33" that will need a full sheet. If they made it 24x36 you could get 2 panes from a sheet. There are lots of ways that life for the fram...
by prospero
Tue 14 Jun, 2022 4:22 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: how do you wet your hinge tape?
Replies: 6
Views: 185

Re: how do you wet your hinge tape?

I have had (the same) gumtape wetting machine since 1987. It was not a cheap item but it's earned it's keep many times over.

I has a handle that you pull and cuts the tape off at the right length. I use exclusively 4" wide tape.
by prospero
Tue 14 Jun, 2022 2:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Here's Something you might find Interesting
Replies: 17
Views: 275

Re: Here's Something you might find Interesting

I was surprised to read that. I'm always happy when my mitres are virtually invisible. I can see that the mitres draw the eye on vintage frames' examples. So am I wrong to aim for invisible mitres, or is it just on a particular style of hand finished frame that emphasised mitres are desirable? That...
by prospero
Mon 13 Jun, 2022 4:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Here's Something you might find Interesting
Replies: 17
Views: 275

Re: Here's Something you might find Interesting

mockmaple_big.jpg
This is my 'mock maple' done entirely with paint and waxed. I was quite pleased with it. :D

One fault: The corners are blended. I should have emphasised the mitre. I know better now. :lol:
by prospero
Sat 11 Jun, 2022 10:01 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Not that many driftwood mouldings are all that special, does anyone know any good ones?
Replies: 13
Views: 379

Re: Not that many driftwood mouldings are all that special, does anyone know any good ones?

I may take time. Not too long a time. But that apart from that it is highly enjoyable. :clap:

I do the lengths pre-joining by clamping them in a workmate. This is two frames....
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** Simons do (did) a nice range of driftwoods. :)
by prospero
Fri 10 Jun, 2022 9:24 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Not that many driftwood mouldings are all that special, does anyone know any good ones?
Replies: 13
Views: 379

Re: Not that many driftwood mouldings are all that special, does anyone know any good ones?

Hi Mark. Any wood really, but pine gives a more 'wild' look as it has hard rays and the softer wood between tends to be roughed up more. This can be a very nice effect. Obeche is more even-grained. If you are using a Dremel with a milling tool or sanding drum lack of coordination could actually work...
by prospero
Fri 10 Jun, 2022 9:11 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Are slips and liners becoming less popular these days?
Replies: 3
Views: 146

Re: Are slips and liners becoming less popular these days?

I'm a big fan of liners. I use stacks of R&H A 276, I had over 1000ft this year alone and I paint every inch. :P Usually and "Ivory" effect. They act act rather like a mount in that form a sort-of no-mans land between art and frame. Without them, you tend to get the effect of peering though a hole. ...