Simple picture frame DIY
A birthday gift for my best and most loyal friend during 20 years now
My wonderful old friend Michael, had a birthday, and I was planning to buy him a meditation, self insight or perhaps; man in the in the midway crisis book. Yes we are both around the tricky 40.
I was looking out the window, trying to come up with a good idea.
But my wonderful Caroline said to me on Skype ‘why don’t you give him something personal’, and I agreed right away.
So I decided to give him one of my drawings (I normally never give away drawings, since I don’t feel that talented).
Found a croquis drawing I made last year of a model in Copenhagen.
So I was happy – or was I – no I was not!
How can I ‘just’ give a drawing!
A drawing needs a passe-partout to really come to its right…
So I found my cutting gear, and some acid free cardboard (this will not change color, or hurt the drawing when it gets old).
So it was time for the workshop to make him a frame for this drawing before going there, he would have to wait a little for my arrival.
First step is to find some wood that fit’s the drawing, and have the needed size for the frame, and cut some lengths of this.
Then I set the saw for 45 degree, and cut the frame sides into length.
(Remember the shortest length is the size of the cardboard).
A test setup, all seems to be fine.
Time for cutting the spur for the glass, and picture mount.
I set the deeps app five times the cardboard thickness, so there is room for; glass, pass partout, drawing, back cardboard, nail, and tape.
Here we go, first one made.
Another test setup.
Measure for the glass.
Since I had no glass I used Plexiglas, this is fine but will not my favorite choice for a frame.
Test fitting again and this time to find out it were a little too big… So I cut off what was needed.
Fitting the drawing in the passe partout, so I get the best possible composition.
Taping on the back and here you can see a sketch that is on the back…
I used some paint tape, but you should use again a better quality (sorry Michael).
I used a stapler in the corner to hold for now.
Then a nail, even it would have been nicer with a different method, but I was in a hurry,
Fitting the glass.
The picture and passe-partout.
Back, some gray cardboard.
Nailing with ‘glass nails’.
Tape to seal it.
String and ‘eyes’.
Viola!!! Now it can hang!
As simple as that…
And a little personal hello for my friend.
Here is the result, in the middle of the workshop chaos.
And a wrap up before I run out the door to celebrate his birthday with him.
We had a heck of an evening, got really pissed drunk as when we were 20, played dices and was even out dancing with the woman of Ringsted until 3 at night…
My neck killed me the next day, and my head was quite heavy, but my oh my what a evening.
Thank you Michael!
Hope the blog can bring inspiration, or even better get some pictures in frame…
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.