Front-and-Back Picture Frames

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Project by Hawgnutz posted 2350 days ago 3789 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these for my pastor, who runs a prison ministry some 80 to 100 miles from him. Well, his “flock” gave him a picture of them all, with signatures on tyejh back He wanted a frame that would show off both sides of the picture. No problem, except that the rabett had to be somwhat precise so that the wooden inserts would hold down gthe glass, yet not extend too far over the frame. I made the rabbet cuts then measured the glass sheets, subtracted that from the depth of the rabbet and set my table saw to cut a thin strip for the remander. They pad the glass from the metal of teh turn buckles. The frame was so heavy that I did not feel comfortable just using a sawtooth hanger with small nails, so I installed a wire hanger and buttom pads on bottom. You can see the V-nails I use, in addition to glue, for the miters.

I could have enmtered these in the 2×4 contest, as I used only 1/2 of an old (early 1900’s) 2×4 to make this set of rames.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#1 posted 2350 days ago

Very nice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#2 posted 2350 days ago


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 2350 days ago

I love this style of “rustic” frames. very nice.

-- Perth, Australia

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#4 posted 2349 days ago

Good job Hawg.

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

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#5 posted 2349 days ago

Way to use recycled materials Hawg.

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#6 posted 2349 days ago

a 2×4.. huh!! Cool
beautiful frames…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 2349 days ago

This is a unique frame Hawg. I feel that picture framing is simply an extension of woodworking. It takes more of an artistic flair in being able to select and match colors but you are cutting and mitering materials to a specific length.

Nice post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 2349 days ago

Very nice frame and great use of an old 2×4

-- Spread love with our work

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#9 posted 2349 days ago

Thanks, Scott. I also have to work around the faults of these old woods, too. You can see all the nail holes from the back view. Oftentimes the wood starts to split once I rip them to size. But that’s my chosen medium…LOL

And Debie, I only used 1/2 of that 2×4! I will make some more frames of the other half to sell when the farmer’s market opens this spring.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#10 posted 2349 days ago

Good job, Hawg! I’m sure your friend, the pastor, will appreciate it a lot.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#11 posted 2349 days ago

Thanks, Tom. He was under the weather this Sunday, but seemed to like them.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#12 posted 320 days ago

I have been searching for frames just like these to hold some of my sea fans. May I possibly order some from you? I believe I read above you were making some for the local farmers market. I will anxiously await your response.

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#13 posted 320 days ago

Nice build. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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