Floater frames

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Project by kingtim posted 09-10-2016 11:46 PM 378 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought these sweet little paintings on ebay, and I wanted to frame them. I wanted to use a floater frame design, but since they were painted on panels I couldn’t find anything suitable at my local art store, so I decided to try to design and build something myself.

To create the frames I bought some 1/4” x 1 1/2” maple stock, which I glued into moldings. These were then mitered to and glued together to create the frame. The frame was designed to have about a 1/8” border between the frame and the painting. To get the painting to float, I made cradles for the back of the panels with some old wood I had lying around, shimmed to the correct height using some scrap maple stock. The frames are finished with a clear shellac.

This is my first woodworking project and although it seems very simple it was a good challenge for me. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun doing it.

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#1 posted 09-11-2016 01:23 AM

this is a great idea and looks terrific
welcome to lumberjocks!

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 09-11-2016 12:40 PM

Beautiful frames and paintings. I’ve done it also for the first time for my daughter’s painting on last project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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