A picture is worth a thousand words, a picture frame, ten thousand, we reckon. To begin with, show me a home where the exhibition of family pictures is not evident, and I’ll show you a dysfunctional home. Photographs carry memories, treasured memories, and therefore entails elaborate care in the choice of the frame, the distribution, the exposure to sufficient light. Any professional picture framer will charge you an arm and a leg because they know of the intrinsic value of a photograph. So why not make your own wood picture frames?
Making wood picture frames at home is simple. So why not make your own. It’s easy, costs next to nothing and will make you feel better.
Make Your Own Wood Picture Frames
There is simply no call to chuck away old lumber. Instead, this nifty project is ideal for reclaiming wood. It is preferred to get that lovely, quaint rustic feel to it. It is an excellent project for honing your woodworking skills as a beginner. There is no use of power tools in this method. It is effortless, only that a miter box (readily and cheaply available on Amazon) is needed to cut the molding. So let’s forget about intimidating tools; you can frame almost anything; mirrors, photographs, posters, etc. with remarkable ease.
- Miter box
- Wood glue
- Heavy-duty stapler
- Light duty stapler
- Sandpaper (size 150)
- Sawtooth picture hangers
Making The Frame
Picture frame molding comes with a rabbet subsequently making it very convenient. All you need is four pieces cut at 45-degree angles and presto, and your frame is nearly ready. Picture frame molding comes in a variety of widths and patterns-flat, flower-patterned, curlicue, geometric, etc.
Before you commence cutting, ensure the miter box is clamped firmly to the edge of a sturdy table. Cut the frame section at 45-degree angles in opposite directions at opposite ends. First, make only one cut, measure lets say against the photograph where the opposing cut should be. A handy hint, since the molding would be lengthy, have it supported in the middle; otherwise, a crack may develop when making the second cut. Now you have, let’s say the top part of the frame. You can cut the bottom part using this as a template. Repeat for the side sections.
Glue the sections and clamp them to dry out. Once dry, flip the frame over and staple the joints using the heavy-duty stapler. Cut a piece of the cardboard for the picture backing. Use the light stapler to affix the photograph to the cardboard. Screw on a sawtooth hanger at the top and consequently your frame are ready. Sand the frame, and then you can finish with wood stain, varnish or paint.
Summary Of DIY Wood Picture Frames
Lest you get the wrong idea, DIY is not for economic reasons. It is a serious hobby, and I have seen enthusiasts come out with their mind-boggling creations. Stick to it, and I see no reason why you will not, and subsequently, it will reward you with a deep sense of creativity. I have one last piece of advice; never forget to clean and care for your tools and do clean up after you finish.