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Making a Picture Frame From Decorative Door Casing and Framed a Photo in a Double Mat Board

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Blog entry by BenhamDesign posted 07-17-2016 08:42 PM 1250 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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This is a straightforward build. Instead of buying the really expensive Picture Frame Molding, I opted to cut down some decorative door casing from the big box store. It runs about $15 for a 7’ long stick, depending on the profile you pick.

(If you are interested in the tools I used in this build and a more in depth write up please visit my blog on Custom Picture Framing

I started out cutting a dado along the edge of the molding that will eventually become the inside edge of the picture frame. The recess is about a ¼” by ¼”.

The excess that was too skinny to cut a dado in, I just ripped off at the table saw after the dado was cut.

Once I was happy with my miters, I use my adjustable picture frame clamp to clamp it. If you are familiar with this type of clamp, yes I removed the bolt and wing nut normally used to tighten the clamp. That system only limits how big of a frame you can use and slows the whole process down by spinning a wing nut.


I cut the mat to fit

and here are the finished products

Koosa Falls

Sahalie Falls

And the View from on top of Cape Perpetua along the Oregon Coast

For more on what I do please visit my Custom Furniture Website and my Blog

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BriansBenham.com



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Mean_Dean

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#1 posted 07-18-2016 12:08 AM

I definitely like the idea of using door casing to make picture frames, instead of trying to design a profile, and then having to purchase all the router bits to cut it. I have a picture frame to make, so I’m going to use the door casing idea!

I don’t have all the mat cutting tools like you do, so I’ll have to have a frame shop do that—but I do like that frame clamp of yours! I’ve got other ways of clamping miters, but it’ll just take longer, that’s all.

Anyway, great video, and thanks for sharing!

-- Dean

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#2 posted 07-18-2016 03:20 AM

I’m going to assume that you use some other type of clamp to tighten that jig. I’ve got the same one and have been less than thrilled with it. I’ve found I much prefer my ratchet band clamp. I’d be interested to hear what you use to tighten it and maybe see a photo. I might try it and get a new appreciation of that jig. Right now it’s hanging on the pegboard collecting dust.

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#3 posted 07-18-2016 03:26 AM



I definitely like the idea of using door casing to make picture frames, instead of trying to design a profile, and then having to purchase all the router bits to cut it. I have a picture frame to make, so I m going to use the door casing idea!

I don t have all the mat cutting tools like you do, so I ll have to have a frame shop do that—but I do like that frame clamp of yours! I ve got other ways of clamping miters, but it ll just take longer, that s all.

Anyway, great video, and thanks for sharing!

- Mean_Dean

Thanks Dean, You can pick up pre-cut mat boards at most crafts stores. You would just have to use standard picture sizes, and build the frame around the matting

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BriansBenham.com

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#4 posted 07-18-2016 03:28 AM



I m going to assume that you use some other type of clamp to tighten that jig. I ve got the same one and have been less than thrilled with it. I ve found I much prefer my ratchet band clamp. I d be interested to hear what you use to tighten it and maybe see a photo. I might try it and get a new appreciation of that jig. Right now it s hanging on the pegboard collecting dust.

- BurlyBob


I uses a quick release clamp to tighten it. You can see it in action in the video on Youtube. I am just the opposite. I hate my band clamp. The thing always gets tangled or twisted and comes off the corners when I try to tighten it.

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BriansBenham.com

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#5 posted 07-19-2016 04:38 AM

I’ll have to give that jig a second try. Maybe I’ll change my opinion.

Thanks.

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