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Offline JeffSD

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Old Photographer, New Woodworker
« on: September 05, 2019, 07:45 PM »
Hi, gang.

I'm new to FOG, but wanted to say hi.

I'm in the process of organizing a small garage shop, centered around an MFT/3 table, for the purpose of making custom frames for my photographs. In doing my research (which included visiting this site many times) I reached the conclusion that the Festool system approach is the best way to accomplish what I'm trying to do.

Thanks to all the experienced and generous people here. I've learned a lot so far and expect I'll gain a lot more insights in the days to come. Hopefully, I'll be able to make some contributions to the forum as I learn the ropes.

Best,
Jeff

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Offline neilc

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Re: Old Photographer, New Woodworker
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2019, 08:11 PM »
Welcome Jeff - cutting miters for picture frames likely will require some jigs for holding the work.  I'd suggest you look at using dogs in the holes for aligning and insuring you get accurate miters.

Look forward to seeing your projects.  Reach out as you have questions. Plenty of helpful talent here, as you may already know.

neil

Offline JeffSD

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Re: Old Photographer, New Woodworker
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2019, 08:56 PM »
Thanks, Neil!

Offline Cheese

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Re: Old Photographer, New Woodworker
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2019, 10:09 PM »
Jeff, there are a lot of photographers on this website, I know it may sound goofy, however I chalk the phenomenon up to creativity.

Creativity with wood, creativity with metal, creativity with film or creativity with pixels.. das macht nichts, it’s all part of the interpretative process.  [big grin]

Offline JeffSD

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Re: Old Photographer, New Woodworker
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2019, 10:13 PM »
Well said, Cheese!

Offline Cheese

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Re: Old Photographer, New Woodworker
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2019, 11:06 PM »
Well said, Cheese!

Me...I'm more pixel oriented because I'm lazy and the photos can be killer. What's better than that, 25" prints with the resolution of medium format?.

However, I also break out the Nikon F, the Nikon F5 and the Nikonos V from time to time just to remember how painful it was to take film photos 20-30 years ago. Back then you just "had to want to".  The digital age is so much easier...thus the story of life...whether it's hand planes or cordless drills.


Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: Old Photographer, New Woodworker
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2019, 06:57 AM »
For cutting frames a Kapex is overkill. You should check out the "guillotines" that are used by framers. This is an example:
http://www.rinaldin.it/articoli/lsa/306
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Offline neilc

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Re: Old Photographer, New Woodworker
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2019, 10:05 AM »
I have a Lion Miter Trimmer.  I don't know if they are made anymore.  But they are great for accurate miters and adjustable to any able.

An alternative to consider is a nice plane and shooting board - Veritas is one source.

For cutting frames a Kapex is overkill. You should check out the "guillotines" that are used by framers. This is an example:
http://www.rinaldin.it/articoli/lsa/306

Offline pixelated

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Re: Old Photographer, New Woodworker
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2019, 10:27 AM »
Welcome from another old photographer.
I seem to alternate a lot between wood working and photography. My last woodworking project was modding a small glass table to use for a table-top shot with lighting from underneath.
Unlike Cheese, I've not given up on film as yet, especially for B&W.

I agree that a Lion trimmer would be preferable to most power tools for mitering frames (IMHO). And even though they've gotten a bit dear to buy, I think they are much less dear than a Kapex.

Offline JeffSD

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Re: Old Photographer, New Woodworker
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2019, 01:51 PM »
Bert and Neil, thanks for the advice.

Cheese, like you, I've gone digital for about 90% of my workflow these days. The combination of convenience and quality is pretty compelling.

pixelated, thanks for the welcome. I agree with you about the joys of B&W film. I still get the urge to shoot a roll of Ilford Pan F Plus from time-to-time. It's magical stuff.