Picture Frame #1: Thought process

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Blog entry by Rustic posted 04-07-2009 09:23 PM 1340 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi All,

A few weeks ago my Step-Mom took an oil painting class. She then sent out an email with a picture of the painting. I emailed her and said that I would love to build her a frame for it.

I know I want it to look rustic like the rest of the pictures in the house. I know I want to use miter joints and pocket screws. I am just wondering what size wood should I use? I was even entertaining the idea of just buying some molding that already has a profile on it. Do y’all think that I should put a 1/4 inch back on it? Help!!! Thanks a bunch

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 04-07-2009 09:35 PM

Oil on canvas paintings often have the canvas stretched over a simple frame. If you want to leave the canvas on that frame, you’ll have to incorporate it into your display frame. This can lead to a pretty “thick” display frame.

If the canvas is removed from the painting frame, then I think mounting it onto a 1/4” plywood backer would work fine and make it easier to produce a display frame.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 04-08-2009 01:31 PM

the painting I believe is off the frame. My thought is to create a frame for it and stretch and tack it to the back of the frame and then protect the canvas back with a 1/4 inch backer.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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