Picture Frames with Morso Guillotine Cutter

Picture Frames with Morso Guillotine Cutter

A surprise package arrived! Two beautiful watercolor paintings! Let’s build some frames. The IKEA “as-is” section sometimes has cabinet doors/drawer fronts that are hardwood (oak?). Removing factory edges to square up the stock. Ripping the wood to width. Cross cutting the pieces to length. Planing off the factory finish. And planing down to final thickness. Routing out recess for glass, mat board and painting. Also routed a chamfer for decoration. The Morso Guillotine Cutter! Pedal operated for cutting perfect angles. Adjustable stops to support rabbets. Making the cut. Only man power required. Taking large bites takes quite a bit of force. Easier to nibble away and sneak up to your lines. Perfect 45’s Glue up. Cutting in slots for splines for added strength. Ripping some thin strips for splines. Cutting out splines on the bandsaw. Gluing splines into frame. Flush cutting the splines. Sanding flat. Sanding surfaces down to remove glue and burn marks. Ebony stain. 3 coats of satin spray lacquer. Cutting mat board to size. Marking cutout area. This tool cuts a 45° bevel into mat board. Taping the painting to the mat board. Cutting the backer boards. Drilling holes for picture frame hardware. Acrylic sheet Mat + painting Backer board Securing in place. Adding hanger hardware. Hanging in the living room. (adjust as necessary)

Dereck Turner

19 thoughts on “Picture Frames with Morso Guillotine Cutter

  1. W Feliciano says:

    Love it, nice work

  2. Glenn Green says:

    This is a great video. It should be on a tv series like Yankee Workshop!

  3. dllemm says:

    Nice camera work. Do you make a lot of frames, or use that machine for other things?

  4. remustyle says:


  5. Sergey Dovganyuk says:

    You may use swallow tale shaped key for keyed mitre joint to escape gaps like at 4:38

  6. Paul Knights says:

    real craftsmanship

  7. asztapaszta9 says:

    TMy new favorite channel!

  8. Kevin HeyMan says:

    Awesome tool!

    They need one of those at Gitmo. lol

  9. Kevin HeyMan says:

    LOVE the Rattan handle on the saw.

    Did you wrap that?

  10. Mikhandmaker says:


  11. Ronna Keil says:


  12. WhoDatBe Dare says:

    The artist is not the only family member who is talented. Well done. And thanks for sharing. I just got my Morso-F. After a bit of testing on pine the tear out is terrible. Just picked up a new set of blades for it. Can't wait to get past the mitre cutting stage. And onto staining and matting etc. I'll have to look into getting some Oak. All the best from an Oakie living in Aus.

  13. marcelleqb says:

    Different types of papers, like watercolor and mat board, expand at different rates. You should only tape a picture to the mat at the top, not on all four sides.

  14. derek ford says:

    Plastic glass ruined a quality job

  15. Simon Inga says:

    The ebony stain looks great

  16. rab woody says:

    Well done ..

  17. Deb G says:

    Very nice frames. Love the art. Wire hanger is best and easiest.

  18. Capi Dark90 says:

    Hola buenas me podría Desi por favor cómo se llama la pieza que le pone usted al cuadro por detrás para colgarlo un saludo muy cordialmente

  19. Michael S says:

    Great video! Thank you for sharing, fantastic work.

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