Hey there… my wife’s very talented grandfather painted a portrait of our goldendoodle Berkeley a while ago, and I’ve been meaning to build a custom picture frame for it. It was much trickier than I had expected… and a great way to practice routing and mitre cuts.
Here’s how the final build turned out:
Next time, I think I’ll rout the front facing edges to create a more decorative look.
I hope you enjoy the free DIY plan and happy building!
Here is the overall blueprint for my frame which will hold a 9 x 12″ painting. As you follow the step-by-step guide, refer back to this blueprint.
Step 1: Rout and cut the inside part of the frame
Next, use a mitre saw to crosscut the 1 x 2 x 5ft board in half to create a 1 x 2 x ~30″ piece “A” and a 1 x 2 x ~30″ piece “B”.
Step 2: Create two short and two long frame pieces
My frame needs to hold a 9 x 12″ painting. That means that I need to create two short frame pieces 9 1/16 in length and two long frame edges 12 1/16 in length.
2.1 First, take “A” and mitre a 45 degree angle from the left with the routed edge on the inside of the frame. Next, measure 12 1/16″ on the routed edge and mitre a 45 degree in the opposite direction to create your first long frame piece – “A1”.
2.2 Next, take the remaining “A” piece and create another 45 degree mitre from the left side with the routed edge on the inside of the frame. Measure 9 1/16″ on the routed edge and mitre a 45 degree in the opposite direction to create your first short frame piece – “A2”.
Repeat steps 2.1 and 2.2 above for “B” creating long edge “B1” and short edge “B2”.
Step 3: Glue and clamp frame in place
Step 4: Prep for staining
Step 5: Apply stain and poly
Apply 2-3 coats of your desired stain. I used Verathane’s “Natural” wood stain – it worked great.
I’m also a fan of wipe-on poly from Minwax – it is very easy to apply and adds protection to your frame.
Step 6: Fit picture and backing board
Step 7: Admire your new frame
That’s it… you’re ready to hang your new frame on the wall.
Please follow the step-by-step how-to and cut your pieces along the way.
Please share your feedback or post your questions on how to tailor this plan to your specific space below. Happy building.
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