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