help #1: framing

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Blog entry by Jim Earl posted 11-10-2013 04:58 PM 926 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I need help on finding the right size, angles and depth for my framing. My picture needs to overall be 11” tall and 14” wide. Right now my picture is 9 1/2’’ tall and 12” wide, with a depth of 3/8” deep on the grove. can anyone hel-p me please my mind is not working to good lately. Please help if you can. Thank You

Jim Earl

-- Jim Earl

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#1 posted 11-10-2013 05:34 PM

Jim, let me suggest that you work backwards, i.e. start with your fixed overall frame dimension (11×14) then subtract your overall picture dimension (9 1/2×12). Now subtract the picture width and height from the overall frame width and height. You should have a net 1 1/2” difference in width and 2” difference height. Divide those by two, so that your net your net frame width is 3/4”x1”. Now, if you are going to mount your picture in a rabbited groove you have to decide how wide a groove to make keeping in mind that the wider the groove the more picture you will loose around the edges. Lets say you want to inset your picture a 1/4” all the way around in your frame, you then have to add 1/2” to your frame width and height (1/4”x2). Your frame is now 1 1/4” by 1 1/2”. This means that the net opening for your picture is 9×11 1/2.

When you lay out your miters you will have to do so from the far edge of your 1/4” wide rabbit, i.e. you will want to have your 9 1/2”x12” measured from far edge of groove (rabbit) to far edge. Also, let me suggest that you router your groove (rabbit) before you cut your miters.

Hope this helps rather than confuses.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 11-10-2013 05:36 PM

The outer frame is at a different ratio than the picture you measured but a frame that is 1 1/8 to 1 3/8 wide will get you the size you need with a 3/8” overlap. Is that what you were looking for? I just drew some rectangles in MS Publisher and measured them.
Hope this helps. -WMD

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#3 posted 11-10-2013 06:31 PM

Don’t forget matting of the picture/photo,etc.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#4 posted 11-11-2013 12:23 PM

I agree w/Lee

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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