:) asked in Home & GardenDo It Yourself (DIY) · 1 decade ago

how to make wood picture frames?

i saw a lady on tv making wood picture frames, i'm trying to figure out how to make them.

10 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    An easy way is to buy decorative baseboard or crown molding. The cut using either a miter box or a radial arm saw at 45 degrees. Put it together with glue (and biscuit joints if you have them). Voila! One nice look frame.

    If you want to go a more traditional route, you'll need a router to cut a groove for the picture to sit in, and then cut the wood as needed (as suggested above) to make the frame. If you're still a little lost, do some research on the net, or buy a book about woodcraft (and frame making).

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  • 4 years ago


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  • Sarah
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    I used to be a picture framer. You have a few options, and they all depend on what's available to you. It's hard to assemble a frame at home because you need the frame stick you like, a wood saw, a framing vice, and the glue & tools. 1. It is far easier to go to a frame shop that offers do-it-yourself framing. Call around and explain your situation. Frame shops have all kinds of frame selections that they keep in sticks and they can custom cut for you. The prices range from cheap too luxurious. If they are not assembling it, that cuts the price in half, if you can find a shop willing to do it that way. 2. You can buy the framing sticks at a hardware store, but the wood won't be stained or finished. If you have the tools at home, you can build it there, but it's not recommended without the special corner vice that hold the sticks in place so you can glue it with wood glue and drive a nail or two, and allow it to set. The vice is important for strength. 3. If it is a standard sized picture, some craft stores, like Michael's, or custom frame shops, carry ready-made frames. If your picture is not standard-sized, but could be matted to a standard size, then you can take it to a custom frame shop and have them cut a custom mat for your picture so you can put it in a ready-made frame yourself. Since you don't likely have the vice, I don't recommend trying to build it from scratch at home, or the frame is likely to fall apart in time, unless it is a very small picture and thin frame board, like smaller than 11X14.

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    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    1. Determine the desired picture frame dimensions. Remember to use the mat, not the picture, as a guide to determine the finished dimensions.

    2. Choose picture frame moulding, builder's moulding or lumber for your frame. Picture frame moulding can be obtained at framing stores, art stores and larger craft shops. Builder's moulding and lumber can be found at your local home improvement store.

    3. Measure the width of your chosen framing material and multiply this number by 8. Add to this measurement the length of each side of your desired frame. Divide the total inches by 12 (most wood material is sold by the foot). Purchase this amount of framing material plus a few inches extra in case of a cutting error.

    4. Use a handsaw to cut the moulding into four pieces, one for each side of the frame. Each piece should measure the desired length of the side plus twice the width of the wood. This extra amount is for the mitered corners.

    5. Use a mitre box and a handsaw to cut the end of each piece to a 45-degree angle. The mitre box allows the piece of wood to be held firmly and will guide the saw so that it cuts at the correct angle.

    6. Lay the cut frame pieces out onto a flat work surface and arrange them so that they form a frame.

    7. Use wood glue and corner clamps to join the corner sections of the frame. Apply the wood glue along the cut edges, press the pieces together, and hold the pieces in place with a corner clamp. Glue and clamp all four corners.

    8. Turn the frame over so that the back is facing up.

    9. Apply two V nails along each glued corner seam with a hammer. Pace one nail toward the inside edge of the frame and the other toward the outer edge. The midpoint of the nail should rest on the seam and the open portion of the V should be pointed toward the inside edge of the frame.

    10. Remove the clamps and allow the frame to dry overnight. Do any sanding or staining of the frame after the drying process is complete.

    11. Attach the hanging mechanism to the frame.


    Use picture frame moulding. It comes with the groove for glass insertion already made. With the other choices ' builder's moulding and ordinary limber ' you will have to make this groove yourself with a router.

    Make sure that raw lumber pieces are planed, if necessary, before you join them.

    Practice using the mitre box before you tackle the frame pieces.

    Make sure that the 45-degree angles are oriented correctly at the ends of the wood pieces.

    Fill in any gaps at the mitered corners with wood putty.

    Source(s): www.ehow.com
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  • 1 decade ago

    Wicca's answer is great. but as someone who also just got into making my own frames a word of caution - buy cheap hardware store moulding to practice on before you buy real frame moulding. at minimum you're looking at around $3 a foot which adds up quick, and many cost a lot more. compare that to less than $1 a foot at Home Depot and you're best to practice on that first.

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  • 4 years ago

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    5 years ago

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    6 years ago

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  • 5 years ago

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