Big frame done on the cheap

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Project by ferstler posted 04-06-2012 07:40 PM 1821 views 3 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

My wife collects art; real art and not the factory-printed stuff from China found at WalMart.

She recently obtained a three-foot square oil on canvas from an artist friend of hers, but the frame was a bit basic and she wanted something a bit more showy – but not too showy. Local frame shops wanted maybe $150, or more, to build such a frame, so she turned to her woodworking hubby, who normally does not fool with picture frames. However, money saved is money for other uses in these tight times.

A job like this is the picture (pun intended) of simplicity, and the project took me about four days.

This item is made from three pieces of select pine. The first layer was cut and planed down considerably from four one by fours; the second was cut and planed, also considerably, from four one by two sections cut from two one by fours. Planing of the second, upper section was done in six facets on my Ridgid planer. All saw cuts were done on either my Ridgid 1290 miter saw or my Ridgid 4510 jobsite saw. (I have reviewed all three of these tools elsewhere on this site.) Sanding was done by hand down to 220 grit.

The lower-layer pieces were butt joined using twelve Kreg pocket screws and some PL construction adhesive. (The joints were carefully clamped to the worktable before tightening the Kreg screws to minimize the shifting that happens typically with pocket screw joining.) The outer sections were then glued in place using PL adhesive and about thirty clamps to hold them in place overnight.

A single coat of primer was sprayed onto the frame after the glue was dried, followed by three coats of satin-black enamel. Two finish coats were layered over the primer in the first session, with about 45 minutes between coats, with the third applied after 24 hours, once the surrface was buffed with some 000 steel wool.

Total cost: about thirty bucks, counting the Kreg screws and paint, and two sheets of sandpaper.

Howard Ferstler

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#1 posted 04-10-2012 06:02 PM

Nice frame. The greatest portion of expense was probably the screws and paint.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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