If there is one thing I dislike doing, it is making picture frames, but when needs must!...
Following my six year old Colombian Nephew’s ‘passing out’ from Infants School last week, there were obviously a raft of photos, and unfortunately the next stop, was my door, so I had to do some quick thinking, because I no longer had my framing equipment. It was back to my old friend, YouTube, to get some ideas, and the easiest was a video by George Berry, which showed a simple and cheap method of framing.
Firstly I had to prepare the frame, I had to make two frames initially, a 12×8” and a 8 1/2×6”, I decided to use some 2×1/2” timber, which I used ‘as is’ for the large frame, but for the smaller, I cut it down to 1×1/2” using my table saw. I then routed a 1/4” rebate, on the timber before cutting out the parts with the Sliding Compound Mitre Saw.
Now came the time to put Georges method to the test.Take a piece of plywood, or any other sheet material, larger than the frame you want to make. Cut sixteen wedges, four for each corner, I did this on the Bandsaw, and I wasn’t too particular about what the finish looked like.
Next, I drew the size of the frame onto the plywood and screwed two of the wedges, one on either side of each corner:
George recommends then using a candle to put some paraffin wax in each corner to stop the frame fixing to the timber sheet, but I didn’t have any, so I used a bit of clear plastic bag in each corner (It just peeled off afterwards, with no problem). I glued the pieces and placed them to the lines I had drawn, and then carefully inserted the extra wedges between those screwed to the sheet, and the newly positioned frame, and tapped them secure, one at a time.
An hour later, the glue had set and I had my frame:
Then it was on to the next one. I have just got to give them a light sanding and stain them.
I have to say this was easier than using all the picture framing clamps and straps from the past, and I actually enjoyed it, thanks George… I can’t believe I said that whilst smiling!
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