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A Contest For Woodworkers: Make Miter Cut Between Differently-beveled Mouldings

I’ve recently written an article about how we make our beveled stretcher mouldinglink for our canvas printswhy. The first illustration in the “Dado Cut” section of that article shows important measurements for both a 30° and 45° bevel. Since then I’ve needed to use both of those on the same frame (see what we have in stock for Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier) and needed to use a miter joint to connect these at a right angle.

The Challenge

Find the best way to join these two types of moulding in a right-angled corner of a frame suitable for stretching canvas. For stretching canvas, the print will be on top, but the canvas will stretch around the sides and will be stapled to the flat part of the bottom edge. The only part that needs to match is the outer face (the ones with the numbers in the above photo), from the peak down until the first one of them turns back underneath. But there can be no points jutting out to tear the canvas.

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In another project, we also needed to join the 30° bevel with a piece of moulding with no bevel (check out the triptych for Cedar Key By Sea). You might be able to use that problem as an easier warm-up, but it is not part of this contest.

The Prize

The winner of this contest will get a photographic print matted to 16″ by 20″. This can either be one of Nancy’s images or your own. You can check out the possibilities at Here’s how the contest will work:

The Rules

  • For at least the next three weeks, or until I publish my own answer to this question (which I don’t guaranty to be optimal), you can submit your idea by Email to Include whatever pictures (however crude) or other information you need to explain your idea. I may include your idea in the comment section below, possibly even before the end of the contest (to encourage creativity and competition).
  • The best viable solution will win the prize. Although I may solicit the opinion of other woodworking associates, I will be the final judge. In the comment section below, I will announce the end of the contest and identify the winner. The decision of the judges (as defined above) is final. This prize may be combined with other promotions.

Final Remarks

Well, that’s it. Although I hadn’t thought of this beveled moulding idea at the time, Figure 14 of Using Multiple Moulding Widths In One Frame might provide insight. Good luck.

2 replies on “A Contest For Woodworkers: Make Miter Cut Between Differently-beveled Mouldings”

I haven’t quite finished the article that I promised, so this contest continues, but not for long. I have also solicited comments on the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) forum, Framers’ Corner, at and The Picture Framers Grumble (forum) at At the first site I received mostly questions, but did get some ideas on the second site. I am addressing some of these in my upcoming article. You might also find inspiration in those forums, but don’t dilly dally; this contest ends soon.

I have just published my latest techniques to joining this moulding (, so this contest is over. Technically, nobody met the requirements of this contest, which were to join the specific moulding pictured in this blog post. Some of the answers, though not a complete solution, did point to a possibly better solution to a more general problem, however. As a problem solver instead of an excuse maker, I don’t look for technicalities to eliminate possible answers. I’ve already bought the materials to test a new plan based on those comments. If this pans out, I will publish another article explaining the new technique.

Although I can’t award the whole prize for an undeveloped answer, I will give a $30 discount on any Bee Happy Graphic product or service to Wally Fay of Sunshine Frames in Jacksonville Beach, Florida and $20 discounts to Jerome Feig at in Detroit, Michigan and Brian Shea from Alacrity Frame Workshop in Albany, New York. I really appreciate their help and am excited about this new project. But other existing promises now need attention, and I don’t know how long it will take before I can finish this new project. Based on the age of some of my other promises, this could take a while. Stay tuned and thanks for being a part of this.

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