Free Standing Picture Frames

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Project by CedarFreakCarl posted 11-23-2007 02:33 AM 9821 views 20 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some picture frames I made for Christmas gifts. The design came out of the November 2007 issue of Wood Magazine. I changed the top a little, but the basic design is the same. These are pretty easy to make, but a little aggravating to finish. All those nooks and crannys are tough to get even coverage in. At any rate I made about 10 of these things. The ones in the pics are quarter sawn oak, padauk, Australian cypress and cherry. I also made some in walnut, heart pine and red cedar. I was trying to clean out my scap pile. There are two pieces of 1/8” lexan sliding in a 1/4” plus a couple of shims worth of a groove by dado to allow for two pictures in between. The top is held in place by 1/8” dowels.

I was really surprised how well they went over. I gave one to an elderly aunt of mine and she was really tickled to have it. I had printed out some old family pictures as well as some from this years family reunion. The look on her face was priceless and really gave me a warm fuzzy. I guess that’s what Christmas is all about.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#1 posted 11-23-2007 03:01 AM

Those are really cool Carl. Make those six foot tall and you got an awesome display/room divider at a museum or theater!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#2 posted 11-23-2007 03:02 AM

I was thinking of making a couple of these myself, they look great.

-- Andy Stark

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#4 posted 11-23-2007 03:29 AM

Nice Carl.

I posted over at the WOOD forum about the dimensions of the photo openings. The designer of the project replied that he purposely made it less 5×7 so that a 5×7 picture could be trimmed down to fit. I think I may scale it back to fit a 4×6 perfectly.

What do you think?


-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#5 posted 11-23-2007 04:12 AM

Thanks Guys!

John: I’ve been just printing 4×6’s and dealing with the space around the edges as I was pressed for time and I could get three out of a 8 1/2×11. Another drawback is they really don’t support landcape oriented pictures. I guess that could be easily remidied, but then they wouldn’t work with portrait. Oh well. They still work pretty well like they are. I’ll have to try a trimmed down 5×7 and see what happens.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#6 posted 11-23-2007 05:49 AM

Nice project, nice work!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 11-23-2007 05:52 AM

good looking picture frames

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 11-23-2007 05:55 AM

Very nice frames Carl and welcome to Lumberjacks. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 11-23-2007 07:51 AM

I really like these frames – looks like a great gift idea.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 11-23-2007 08:14 AM

Very nice frames, I really like all of the different woods. Great project….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#11 posted 11-23-2007 12:19 PM


-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#12 posted 11-23-2007 12:25 PM

fascinating – and a springboard for lots of other possibilities

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#13 posted 11-25-2007 05:23 PM

Those frames are beautiful. I will have to go thru my scraps and make some of them.

-- Lori

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#14 posted 02-28-2008 09:03 PM

Those are really nice. Like MsDebbieP said, plenty of other ideas come to mind, and Lori pegged it with the scrap problem.

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#15 posted 05-17-2010 12:02 AM

I cant believe I still find things I have not seen before Nice frame.

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