A Simple Picture Frame

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Project by CharlieK posted 01-02-2015 02:48 AM 2063 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My niece just started college and this is her first time away from home. I visited her recently on my way to take a class with Michael Fortune. While I was there I took a few pictures of her and her roommates in their dorm room.

I wanted to make a frame for one of the pictures and give it to her for Christmas, but I wasn’t able to get in to the shop in time for Christmas. Thankfully, I did finish it before she returns to school from her Christmas break.

The frame has about a 15 degree bevel on the face and another bevel on the sides. I cut the bevels on the table saw. I cut the rabbet on the router table and the miters on the miter saw. I finished it with four coats of Maloof Oil/Poly finish.

When I hang something on the wall I usually like it to be flush and flat against the wall. I like using a keyhole bit for a hanger because it seems more elegant to have the hanger incorporated into the piece rather than screwing some hardware to the back. Usually the keyhole is a small vertical cut that a nail or screw can fit into. This frame was not wide enough to allow for a vertical cut, so I used the keyhole bit to make a horizontal slot. Some might think the horizontal slot is odd, but it does get the job done!


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#1 posted 01-02-2015 03:23 AM

You captured a bit of her history which

I’m sure will be cherished for many years.

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#2 posted 01-02-2015 03:44 AM

Looks good! Nice balance! I like the wide pictures adds depth.

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#3 posted 01-03-2015 05:22 AM

Thanks Guys,

I forgot to mention that I added a little secret. I put another photo of her and me between the framed photo and the backing plate, but I won’t tell her about it. I figure that some day it will probably break or maybe she will want to replace the framed photo. Whenever that day comes, she will find the surprise photo hidden inside!


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#4 posted 01-03-2015 05:10 PM

Hope you signed and dated it. I’m trying to figure out who all those people are in my mom’s old photos.

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