If you’re someone inclined toward art, you are aware by now that wooden photo frames are beautiful, and also quite expensive. But what if you made one of those stunning frames for yourself and kept all the extra money rather than chucking it at the cashier?
Here are the steps to making your own wooden picture frame. Follow these and before long you’ll have a great looking frame built to the size you want.
(1)First of all, make sure you measure the mat. The size of your artwork isn’t as important – if you cut your wood according to the size of the art, you’re going to end up with an overly tiny frame. Believe it or not, this step is skipped fairly frequently, or just done wrong. Feel free to measure more than once. This is the time you want to find discrepancies in your measurements, rather than after you’ve already cut everything and have invested time and money into building a wooden picture frame.
(2)Purchase the correct quantity of lumber as per your measurements and begin the cutting process. Refer to that first step and the numbers you crunched. Be careful, because you’re not going to get another shot at this, so make every piece just right. The idea is to cut the lumber into four pieces, a full length plus the width of the wood times two for each.
(3)Trim each edge to a nice forty five degree angle. When you’ve accomplished this step, you can assemble your wooden photo frame on a tabletop. If it’s not looking perfect at this point, don’t worry over much. You still have time left to sand down any imperfections that might appear. If it looks big, get your saw back out and start cutting.
(4)Next, sand down each piece when you are finished cutting entirely. A belt sander will be the best help for what you’re trying to accomplish. Remember at all times that your frame must be a work of art all in itself. Don’t let any shaggy looking wood get through to the final results.
(5) Glue the angled tips of the pieces together and press tight with right angle clamps. This step requires some patience, as it’s going to take some time for that wood glue to bind the pieces the way you want them to. Put quite a lot of pressure on those clamps for better binding.
(6)Put some V nails in each side, one going in and one coming out. This should keep your frame together even if the glue fails. It won’t be a perfect fix, but it should keep the shape you want in place long enough to get some emergency glue in the mistaken areas.
(7)Remove all the clamps and allow your wooden picture frame to dry. It should be able to sit at least until tomorrow morning, at which time your wooden picture frame should be dry. This is your last shot at perfecting your picture frame, so sand off any remaining edges that are scruffy now, then apply some stain if you’d like a different color than natural wood.
Wooden photo frames may be expensive in the store, but they aren’t particularly expensive to make. Following the above steps will ensure that you’ll make a wooden photo frame that’s just as attractive as a store bought one.
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