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12-21-2017 12:54 PM

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Hello all,

I have made a picture frame with a wire mesh inside to be used as an earring holder for an xmas gift. I’m having some issues with what to do about the back support (I guess that’s what you would call it). I would like to have a piece of wood act as the fold out support with a small brass hinge, but I can’t figure the angles or where it would be attached. Any help/advice/suggestions are welcome, I thought about buying a frame stand for it, but I’d much rather make something.
I’ve attached two pictures so what I’m getting at will hopefully make more sense.

Thank You!!!!!

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#1 posted 12-21-2017 02:03 PM

Couple of way to figure this out.
Look at another frame with the stand arrangement you are planning, measure it and scale it to your frame.

Go your own way. As long as the top attachment point to the back of the frame is above the center of the frame, it will work to some degree. As this frame will be touched often, I’d go much higher on the attachment point, say at least 3/4 of the way up the back.

The other point to consider is the distance from the frame to the foot of the support. wider is better for stability, but then things start to look funny and take up more space. From my eye, the width you have in the picture looks about right, I’d just move the attachment point up a bit.

I looked at the support for a picture frame on my desk and there is a bit of ribbon that restrains the support from slipping away from the frame.

Hope this helps.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 12-21-2017 03:01 PM

Thanks for the advice suggestions. Like most things, I was kind of overthinking it and creating my own mental road blocks.
I ended up using two smaller supports, which I think will be sufficient knowing the person that is going to use it will be careful.
Can anyone tell if this is Cherry wood? I’m pretty sure it is, but I’ve had it for a while now and can’t quite remember. It’s got a few coats of wipe on satin poly.

Happy Holidays to all!!!

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#3 posted 12-21-2017 03:30 PM

Your solution looks fine!

I had the same issues when I made my small picture frames
There are tons of solutions, one I like better than what I did is the mortice/peg/dowel

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#4 posted 12-21-2017 03:46 PM

Why not make a pair of legs that the bottom of the frame sets into with an angled dado’d slot. After they are made, screw them to the bottom and then they are permanent. No need for hinges, ribbon or other things that need to keep the proposed legs in position, plus, they would look a lot better since it’s an open frame. If you need a picture, I suppose I could come up with one later…........ Jerry (in Tucson

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