You're right about the lengths being exact on opposite sides, top and bottom. The Lyon trimmer makes that much easier because I can shave off almost paper thin slices. It comes with a couple of wings with a stop, but it's too short for the size paintings my wife normally does. The pix is my favorite two-tone frame, which is pine.
I no longer sand beyond 220, and only use that flexible 3M sanding medium anymore. Lasts forever and produces a scratch free surface that takes stain and finish really well. The filler is the best I've ever tried, get it on Amazon in the color of the wood I'm using. I found a really nice shaped molding in Cherry that I like using. It makes a thin frame that normally assembles with the thin edge on the outside, but by cutting some thin but wide strips and gluing it into the rabbet that holds the painting, I can have the thin edge in, which I really prefer. Comes in several types of wood and there is a narrow and wide version. It makes a thin frame, but you can add to it to make it wider.
My wife did a post-industrial painting of a muddy tidal flat with an amazing stormy sky above that really works best with a narrow, non intrusive frame. This is my favorite of her paintings. I'm just beginning to make frames with shaped trim set into shallow dados on the stock. Rope, and lots of other shapes on these half to 5/8ths milled strips. You can finish their tops in a different finish than the main frame, glue them in and you get spectacular looking results. The last picture are the milled strips I got at HD.
I generally finish my frames with a water based stain, often several thin coats with just a touch of sanding at the end, and wipe on poly. For two tone frames, I use green painter's tape to mask the lighter area. I bought a bunch of disposable brushes for gluing and finishing, but also sometimes just use a paper towel for the poly.
I have to admit that once I get started, I do enjoy the precision technique aspect of the task.
The more I do, the less I accomplish.
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