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Making Picture Frames Like an Expert

Have you ever been asked to make a picture frame? I'll be you replied, "Oh sure" and went promptly into your shop to create this masterpiece ... then discovered it's not as easy as it sounds to make perfect picture frames.

Now you can make your own picture frames, simply and with unbelievable accuracy with a few simple tools, and save yourself hundreds of dollars in custom framing costs.

The problems with making picture frames comes with four - forty five degree corners. If each one is off by only one degree, then in total that will be off by four degrees.  The other problem comes when you try to correct the final angle and re-cut it. When you do this you are actually making that frame side slightly smaller ... which creates another problem. Now you have one frame side that is slightly shorter than the other and it will never come together nicely now.

Well we have solved your picture frame making problems with a simple, new and innovative way of making your own picture frames in your home work shop

The tools you need for making your own picture frames are simple. You will need a table saw (although this same technique can be applied to radial arm saws, chop saw and sliding mitre saws).
You WILL need a good crosscut blade, we recommend one as is shown below.
You will also need the mitre gauge that came with your table saw, a good quality forty five degree engineers or draftsman square (available at any office supply store) and you will need straight piece of scrap wood one by two wood that is twenty four inches long. (a piece of 3/4 inch plywood would also work nicely) and you will need a small piece of wood for a stop block and a small hand clamp ... and that's it ... oh and or course you will need your picture frame molding material.


Click here to securely order picture frame Moulding from Rockler ....

Click here to order the Freud Ultimate 10" Cut Off blade ...

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-1 #3 Colin 2011-10-01 15:54
Thanks for your comment Mike, yes the measurements of frames is very important, and I agonized on what to do with this because there are so many variables. With glass or without, with glass and with matting, with glass and double matting, and of course the frame width of material itself all affect measurements. Let me re-visit this and see if I can come up with some sort of a formula for this.
Thanks again for your comment
0 #2 Mike Delgado 2011-10-01 12:50
cutting the frames was good, but you did not show how you measure the frame for the cut for the picture. How do you measure the picture and than the frame for the cut. Thanks Mike D.
0 #1 Tom S 2011-05-23 14:18
Great video, i've never actually made a picture frame before but i was thinking about doing one soon and this video has certainly given me some good tips, thanks.

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