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Forum topic by diamondpony posted 10-17-2013 01:49 AM 818 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2013 01:49 AM

Hi all, I would like to construct a picture frame for an original oil painting purchased for my sister for a Christmas present. Trouble is I don’t have much of an imagination for frames so wondering if there are any books on the art of making wooden picture frames.

Any/all help/suggestions will be much appreciated.


-- diamondpony

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#1 posted 10-17-2013 01:51 AM

Big bookstore. Interior design or decorating section – for finished frame design/look ideas mostly.

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#2 posted 12-15-2013 08:19 PM

For design ideas, I just google “contemporary picture frames” and get a lot of inspiration from looking through images. There’s not much to the basic principals of frame making, but coming up with cool designs is a different story. Fine has a great video series on making the frames. For glue-up, gluing the miters for 11×14 should be sufficient, but anything larger and I would definitely reinforce the miters with either dowels, biscuits, or splines. Also, you need to take into consideration the depth of the rabbet that the glass, mat, print, and backer board sits in, which I would recommend at least 1/2 inch for single mat and 5/8 for a double mat. I’m just starting in frame making myself, so others will be able to provide better info. Also, one thing I learned pretty quick, a miter trimmer is a good tool to have. I bought a Grizzly miter trimmer and it is excellent.

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#3 posted 12-15-2013 11:16 PM

Thanks guys. Nate, I will surely check your suggestions.

-- diamondpony

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