2. Take a true 1/2" thick piece of wood (4" x 5" ) and route 1/4" depth out of the center, leaving a 1/4" 'molding' on the outer edges.
I want to do this on a table (or by hand) but don't know how to route the center and leave the raised edges uniform.
This would give me a 1 piece picture framed on the same wood.
lea1641, Here is another way hand routing with a template shown in the attachment below.
After securing the 3/4" templates around the 4"x5"x1/2" board, you will need the following:
1. A 3/4" OD guide bushing
2. A 1/4" straight bit
This combination of bushing and bit will give you a 1/4" border around your board after you have routed around the inside of the template and routed out the middle. Just be sure to keep the router flush on top of the template and not let it tip or you will have a gouge in your board.
When setting your depth of cut, don't forget to take into consideration the 1/4" lip between the 3/4" template and the 1/2" board. This means you will set your depth at 1/2" to give you a 1/4" deep cut.
If you have any question on this just ask. I have included a chart on bit and bushing selection that I "borrowed" from Bobj3, one of our resident Guru's.
Just an added thought... If you want square corners, all you have to do is square them up with a sharp bench chisel. Later on you might want to experiment with a roundover bit for rounded edges, but that would mean you would have to figure out which bushing to use with it.