mounting a picture in my newly completed frame

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Forum topic by bobasaurus posted 01-03-2010 03:20 AM 975 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2010 03:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: picture frame mounting hardware painting

Sorry if this is the wrong area to post this, but I’m a bit stuck in the last stage of my current project. I just completed building a picture frame to fit a painting, but now I’m not sure how to actually mount the painting in the thing. It just has a single rabbet, almost the exact depth of the painting, so it needs some support from behind to keep the painting in place. I could just put some tape over the corners, but there’s got to be a more elegant way. Is there some picture framing hardware I should buy to complete this? Thanks for your advice, fellow lumberjockers. Some pictures of the frame below:

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#1 posted 01-03-2010 03:43 AM

there are little keepers u can buy from a hardware store or woodworking store or even a picture framing shop. all u do is screw them in the wood and then u can turn them to keep the pic in or turn them to take the pic out. there called turn buttons i looked them up on the rockler site. if u click the like u can see what they look like.

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#2 posted 01-03-2010 03:45 AM

DaveR: Yeah, I kind of realized my mistake with the rabbet after it was already too late. I’ll make it deeper next time. The painting is a bit unusual as it is on the back of a fake brick-patterned vinyl panel material, since my Uncle (the painter) worked in a lumber yard with lots of odd scrap. Thus, the depth is rather uneven on the back. I like your suggestion of mending plates… installing those on the corners, maybe with some foam underneath to account for the odd painting material, should hold it well. I’ll pick some up tomorrow and give it a try. Thanks for the advice.

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#3 posted 01-03-2010 03:47 AM

bigike: Those button things look like they’d work well too… I’ll see what the store carries tomorrow.

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#4 posted 01-03-2010 04:05 PM

In my opinion (you know what they say about opinions) I would like to add a second frame to the back, just a mitered, non rabetted piece to add to the depth of the frame. That way there would be adequate depth to fasten the painting with small brads or anything you wish.
I’ve framed many paintings. Many ready made picture frame mouldings have insufficient depth and when forced to use them I give them the depth needed with added plain moulding as mentioned.
The edges of this added material would need to be finished as they would be visible from the side.

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