Tired of looking for the right-size frame for your
favorite picture? Don't fret. Try making your own! This is also a good project
for the novice woodworker. Here are a few steps to create the a wooden picture
Determine the desired picture frame dimensions. Remember to use the mat, not the
picture, as a guide to determine the finished dimensions.
Choose picture frame molding, builder's molding or lumber for your frame.
Picture frame molding can be obtained at framing stores, art stores and larger
craft shops. Builder's molding and lumber can be found at your local home
Measure the width of your chosen framing material and multiply this number by 8.
Add to this measurement the length of each side of your desired frame. Divide
the total inches by 12 (most wood material is sold by the foot). Purchase this
amount of framing material plus a few inches extra in case of a cutting error.
Use a handsaw to cut the molding into four pieces, one for each side of the
frame. Each piece should measure the desired length of the side plus twice the
width of the wood. This extra amount is for the mitered corners.
Use a mitre box and a handsaw to cut the end of each piece to a 45-degree angle.
The mitre box allows the piece of wood to be held firmly and will guide the saw
so that it cuts at the correct angle.
Lay the cut frame pieces out onto a flat work surface and arrange them so that
they form a frame.
Use wood glue and corner clamps to join the corner sections of the frame. Apply
the wood glue along the cut edges, press the pieces together, and hold the
pieces in place with a corner clamp. Glue and clamp all four corners.
Turn the frame over so that the back is facing up.
Apply two V nails along each glued corner seam with a hammer. Pace one nail
toward the inside edge of the frame and the other toward the outer edge. The
midpoint of the nail should rest on the seam and the open portion of the V
should be pointed toward the inside edge of the frame.
Remove the clamps and allow the frame to dry overnight. Do any sanding or
staining of the frame after the drying process is complete.
Attach the hanging mechanism to the frame.
Tips & Warnings
Use picture frame molding. It comes with the groove for glass insertion already
made. With the other choices' builder's molding and ordinary limber ' you will
have to make this groove yourself with a router. Make sure that raw lumber
pieces are planed, if necessary, before you join them. Practice using the mitre
box before you tackle the frame pieces. Make sure that the 45-degree angles are
oriented correctly at the ends of the wood pieces.
Fill in any gaps at the mitered corners with wood putty.
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