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How To Make An Oak And Aluminum Frame

Learn how to inlay a piece of bar stock into wood in order to make decorative frames and table edges.

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making decorative frames and table edges
  • Time


  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Cut a Chamfer

On a table saw, rip the stock to the appropriate size. Next, cut a chamfer into the edge of the wood to give it a finished look. To cut the chamfer, first set the blade angle to 45 degrees and cut a sliver of wood off of the edge. Be sure to use a stock throat plate, because it may not be possible to use a zero clearance throat without binding. Add chamfers to as many edges as needed.

cut chamfer into edge of wood to finish look

Step 2: Cut a Groove Into the Wood

On a router table, cut a groove the size of the bar stock into the wood, using a bit that corresponds to the size of the bar stock. Use a featherboard on the router table to hold the wood against the fence to get as accurate and clean a cut as possible.

cut groove the size of bar stock into wood

Step 3: Sand the Groove and Insert the Bar Stock

Before putting the aluminum bar into place in the groove, use a random orbit sander to polish it first. Use a high-grit sandpaper to achieve a glossy finish. Placing a rubber pad underneath the bar stock will prevent it from shifting while sanding. Place the bar stock into the groove. A rubber mallet may be necessary to coach it into place.

Step 4: Adhere the Bar Stock to the Wood

Use contact adhesive, white glue or screws to hold the bar stock in place. If screwing the aluminum bar stock to the wood, first cut clearance holes for the screws into the bar stock using a drill press. Use a bit that makes it possible to countersink the screws.

adhere bar stock to wood