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Make Your Own Frames

i just made my own frames to showcase my art work. i just wanted plain simple black frames as my work is quite contemporary. if you have access to a decent table saw it doesn't take that long to process the material. i used a good quality 2x4x8 and laying it flat i ripped it down on a table saw. i started by cutting it in half this makes it easier to work with and helps to keep the board straight when running through the saw. i then set the fence to a 1/4in. to rip off the rounded edges. i ripped one side off of each length of board. then i set the saw fence to just over a half inch. i carefully ripped each board until i had eight four foot lengths of 5/8in thick by 1 1/2 wide lengths. now comes the tricky part, to make the groove for the canvas is a two cut method.first i set the saw fence to 1/4 in.then you set the depth of the saw to exactly 1/4in. but it is better to be less then more because you can adjust the blade when you do the second cut. you make the first pass with the board standing up so the wide side is against the saw fence. for the next pass you flip the board end for end and lay it flat on the saw. this two cut method takes a nice 1/4 notch out of the back side of the board which allows the painting canvas a nice groove to sit in. i used a painting to get the exact measurements for the frame. the corners are cut at 45 degree angles and can be fastened with wood glue and finish nails. the best is a finish nail gun or 1/4 in crown stapler. i hope these instructions are understandable . i am a carpenter by trade so this is first rate info. if you do have to nail the frames together by hand it will really help to drill a pilot hole first. the frames can then be sanded and painted and you can even round the edges with a router. a 2x4 is cheap and you get four 8ft pieces. where frame stock is a dollar a foot. if you have access to a shop or have a friend that is a carpenter for about four hours worth of work you can make about ten 24inx24in picture frames.

Saturday, September 19, 2009 19:59 CDT post by smartisic | Permalink | Comments (0)    

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