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11-16-2009 05:46 AM

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Alright i need help does anyone know how or the formula for makeing picture frames for pictures that are a certain size ( 8×10 ) cuz my daughter got hers back from school and its the first ones so i have to make a few frames the ones i made before u have to get the pic sized to the frame so if anyone can help please let me know?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#1 posted 11-16-2009 06:24 AM

No quite sure what the question is, but the inside edges of the frame are usually slightly under the stated size; ie, 5×7, 8×10, ect.

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#2 posted 11-16-2009 10:25 PM

I don’t know if there is a formula per se, but I usually cut a 1/4” rabbet around the area where the picture wiull be installed. That way, the opening for a 5” x 7” photo is 4 1/2” x 6 1/2”. Years ago, I worked for a commecial photographer printing pictures, and the frames we used had 1/4” borders.

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#3 posted 11-17-2009 05:34 AM

well the problem is everytime i make a frame it never fits the pic unless u blow it up or what ever but just by luck i made one lastnight and some how it fit i was following a plan used in a woodworking book i have tablesaw tips and tricks but what i did was i cut all my pcs first the pic was 8”x10” so i went 1” over ( 9”x11” ) then i made all the bevels as the book said but my pcs were smaller than in the book so i just did what looked good to me with the blade tilted to the angles from the book and in the end i set my dado blade and cut a rabbit 1/4”x 11/16 deep and after i measured the opening after glue up and it fit so i was wondering if i always had to go 1” over any pic im making the frame for or what? cuz i like to make frames with wide edges to put either inlays or use the router to put a nice cove and beed or something like that u know?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 11-17-2009 06:00 AM

I assume your are having trouble between the inside and outside measurement of a mitered corner of the frame. The inside dimension should match the picture size.
Quality framing of pictures usually includes matt framing around the actual photo to set if off, so you need to add an inch to and inch and a half to the wood frame for the matting. Matting can become a whole art into itself, with multiple layers and colors to complement the picture. Picture framing shops can do it for you or you can get kits for making it.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 11-17-2009 02:12 PM

hi ike
the long side of the 45 degree changes with every profile width of frame stock
concentrate on your glass size
the short side of the 45 is, glass size minus 2 times the rabbit width
i add 1/16” to let glass fit a little loose
i also keep a piece of my most popular profiles for a setup pattern in several popular sizes

-- Ron, Missouri

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