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How to Build a Picture Frame in 9 Easy Steps

The beginning of a new series of home improvement guides and hardware tips.

Builder Bob


October 10, 2013 - 8:00 am
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Working the paint counter at a local hardware store, I’ve made quite a mess of my apron. So after about the 300th customer made comments on how it looked like a piece of art, I decided, hey, why not frame it and see if I can make a quick buck? My hopes were soon dashed after a visit to a framing store. They wanted $80 for a basic framing. I though to hell with this, I’m a handy guy, I work in home improvement, why don’t I make a frame and keep with the hardware store look?

I’ll admit that 80% of the time I start a project it’s something I’ve never attempted. People nowadays are either too busy or intimidated to try a project themselves. But you can save a lot of money, get the precise results you want, and receive a sense of satisfaction when you build something with your own hands. I want to encourage people to take a chance and build something fun and personal.

A picture frame is a great starter project. With the exception of the miter box, you should have most of the supplies already in your tool kit. I’ve provided a list of materials with some recommendations of products I’ve found to perform better than most, as well as detailed step-by-step instructions to build a frame that is as unique as you want to make it.

Supplies Needed:

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

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Congratulations on a job well done. I must say that your art is as good as much of what hangs on gallery walls these days, and is more authentic as well. However, if you tried to re-create more such art the self-consciousness of the act would obliterate the authenticity and the lack would be revealed in the result. One of the mysteries of art is that the truth of intent is always present and authenticity can't be faked.
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