A few weeks ago, I was asked to build a frame for a 36” x 40“ map of northern Kentucky. I had some leftover maple and decided to build the frame quickly with a pocket hole jig. It may not be the most sought after joint, and some woodworkers may turn their noses at pocket holes, but it can be an extremely useful joint and can be hidden behind the frame.
Ripping & Rabbets
I started with four boards that were already milled down to 3/4″. I ripped each board to 2-3/4″ on the table saw, leaving them a little heavy so I could clean the saw marks off (you can use whatever method you prefer for this application: jointer, smoothing plane, etc.).
Next, I needed to cut rabbets. Usually, I would wait until the frame was assembled and use a router to cut the rabbet out of the back to fit the glass and poster. But, after a few minutes of unsuccessfully searching for the proper router bit, I realized that it would be faster to cut the rabbets on the table saw.