First attempt at picture frames

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Project by Cory posted 09-12-2009 05:52 AM 1870 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife bought a couple of prints and wanted them framed, so I found myself a project. I wanted to take a stab at making some frames anyway, and these are the end result.

I used round over bits, ogee bits, and rabbetting bits for all the cuts. The Wizard of Oz frame has a coat of red paint, then it was sprinkled with red glitter to match Dorothy’s shoes then coated with spray on poly. The other frame is made of poplar with two coats of gel stain and two coats of shellac.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 09-12-2009 02:08 PM

Cory, nice job for your first attempt.

Good idea on the Wizzard of Oz frame, I like the glitter idea.

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#2 posted 09-12-2009 03:36 PM

Good show Cory. You’ll have a lot of fun as we all do. BZ

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#3 posted 09-13-2009 01:16 AM

right o good job Cory

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#4 posted 09-14-2009 02:55 PM

I have done one frame and found it was much more difficult than I imagined. Your miters look good and tight. I know its supposed to be “simple” but I thought it was tough. Can you tell a little more about your process? You got a jig for cutting the miters or did you just use your miter gauge? How did you clamp them for the glue up and is there anything going on with the joinery? I find that I learn a lot from these “simple” projects. A lot of the basics skills have to be perfect to make a frame don’t you think?

Nice job.

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#5 posted 09-14-2009 07:47 PM


You’re right, this wasn’t as simple as I thought it would be. I used my miter saw for all the cuts. That was a piece of cake, after I got my saw dialed in. i found that it was off by about a degree, which was totally messing with my head. The joinery is just glue and a couple of brads. I knew I was going to stain/paint the frames, so wood putty was my friend. That helped fill in one small gap on the Oz picture frame miter.

The clamping was a real challenge at first. I tried to use f-style clamps in my dry assembly but that was a mess. Then I went to 90 degree corner clamps, but that wasn’t really that great, either. I settled on a band clamp.

Next frames are going to have splines, but I built my spline jig after this project (guess what the motivation was!).

Thanks for looking and all the comments. I appreciate it.

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