Three custom profiles with infinite possibilities.
By Eric Smith
Your router table is the perfect tool for making an almost limitless variety of picture frames. The problem is that with so many router bits and possible combinations of bits, where do you start? The three picture-frame profiles in this article are a good beginning. With the exception of the final profile, all use common router bits. Each frame illustrates a basic technique; use them as springboards for your own unique creations.
1. Fast and Easy One-Bit Frames
This mahogany picture frame is no two-bit design. The complete profile is made with a single 3/8-in. rabbeting bit, a single fence setting and a single depth-of-cut setting. There’s no fussing around. Repeating a router-bit cut on both sides of a piece of wood or changing the depth of the cut is an easy way to create unique profiles. Try using different router-bit profiles for other custom frames.