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11-12-2017 08:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shadow box picture frame

I would like to build and attach a traditional picture frame over a box. The frame would be stained wood and would overlap the box on all sides. My main problem is how do I place the picture frame on the box without using plugs? I am looking for a “very clean or minimal” solution. Thanks in advance


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#1 posted 08-17-2011 05:23 PM

would biscuits work? i do have a biscuit joiner that I’ve never used

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#2 posted 08-17-2011 08:29 PM

Are you going to use hinges, or take the picture lid off? Or are you asking how to attach a picture frame as a front for the shelves?

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#3 posted 08-19-2011 03:15 AM

If you use glass as the front, you’ll want to allow for the possibility that it may get broken and will need to be replaced. If you use dowels or biscuits with glue this won’t be possible. I used pocket-holes and painted the white plastic hole plugs to closely match the color of the wood in this shadow box. If you look at the first picture in “zoom” you can almost make them out.

-- Jason, JEV Woodworking

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