View Full Version : Building a picture frame

04-19-2012, 05:51 AM
My sister somehow acquired a giant painting (canvas) which is a non-standard size, then decided she couldn't display it unless it was framed. So I got nominated to build a frame for it. Went to Lowes and bought some wood corner moldings and some trim that's like half a piece of rope and some wood glue and an angle clamp. I still probably don't have the proper equipment to make neat angled cuts and glue the corners together. I'm just a bit nervous I'll screw up and waste time and materials, so I figured I'd ask for tips beforehand, if you all have any to share.

04-19-2012, 05:56 AM
2 words:

Miter Box


plastic, cheap.

*saw not included*


04-19-2012, 05:56 AM
All my framing projects start with a 50% off coupon so Im no help. Sounds fun though :)

04-19-2012, 07:59 AM
Another two words: strip lath.

The kind of long, thin wooden strips that are 2"x.25" in the States, usually sold in wood supply stores. You don't even need a miter box, just a hacksaw, a hammer, some sandpaper, and some little nails.

Trim and sand the top and bottom strips even with the sides, hammer them in place. Measure (or eyeball) the two side strips, then hammer them in place. The sides will appear to rise flush to the top, hiding the top seam. You can get really fancy and paint or stain the wood beforehand.

This is how we 'framed' our work in art school, when a real frame made no economic sense. Any buyers could then take the canvas to a framer for the professional version.