Framing my wife's art

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Project by Siv posted 12-15-2016 07:30 PM 773 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife decided that she wanted to have a go at selling some of the art that she does and I thought that for my first woodworking project, I would make frames so that she would have a complete offering.

I went to my orange or blue store and bought cheap strip wood. 1×1, 1×2 or similar. I had to to look through a lot in the cheap wood section to find nice stock. I would say about 10% of the pieces I looked at were suitable.

I then for a Bosch 2hp router and router table and the Whiteside router bit set. Some practice and this allowed me to true up the sides and cut the rabbet on stock. After the first few, I branched into cutting more interesting profiles than just a rectangle with the angle and roundover bits.

Then I got a miter saw and spent time time setting it up to get perfect 45 degree cuts. Once this was done, I set about cutting my strips into frame pieces. The best piece of learning I got by reading lots was that after the 45 degree angle, the most important thing is to have exactly the same side top/bottom and left/right pieces. To do this I always cut my miters using the inside edge of the frame against the miter saw fence, cut the top to a little larger than needed and then stack the top and bottom, make sure the ends are flush and make the final cut through both so that I get identical pieces. I measure the inside of the rabbet to make sure my matte fits perfectly.

Then it was just glue and a band clamp. Everything in the photos is pine and stained then waxed. It was a pretty good learning experience. The first frame probably took me 4 hours to cut and assemble but by the time I was on frame 10, I was knocking them out in about 10 minutes each. In materials, each probably cost $2 (they pictures are on 8×10 canvas board so the frames are probably 18×14. I made a few smaller ones for framing without the matte and she didn’t like those as much.

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#1 posted 12-15-2016 08:50 PM

Well..looks good together,i guess they will sell quickly.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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#2 posted 12-16-2016 04:52 PM

Your frames are just fine, they are not to distracting form her painting. She is great tallent in painting animal anathomy.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 12-16-2016 07:33 PM

Thanks guys; I enjoyed making the frames and learning about tolerances, fit and finish. Since they are so cheap material wise, it allowed me to play a lot with ideas without worrying about throwing money away.

A key learning for me is in selecting the wood/grain pattern. Some complement and others detract from the picture which I didn’t really see until they were put together. This is something I need to pay a lot of attention to when making specific frames for specific pieces.

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