You can see how I cut the trim in my post DIY Picture Frame. Today I’m going to show you what did and didn’t work for me in putting the frame together.
I bought these fasteners at Home Depot. I’ve seen them in frames I’ve taken apart.
As a backup plan I bought these corner braces.
This is how my frame looked after I cut it.
I turned it over and got busy trying to get the four pieces of trim to stay together. I got pretty frustrated with these babies. I suppose so much so that I didn’t take any pictures. Suffice it to say they would NOT hammer into this trim.
Plan B, the corner braces. What NOT to do? Don’t be impatient and try to drill the screw without drilling a pilot hole.
I used a nail to tap a starter hole. You may not realize how lazy and impatient I can be. It just seemed so easy. It was not. I did get one of the braces all the way on, but I was not happy with how poorly it held the joint together.
Plan C. Use wood glue. Did I mention that I’m impatient?
I glued and clamped the joints. When I came back to check it, it didn’t set up. But, you can see I’m using the speed square to make sure that it is a perfect joint.
Where are we now? Plan D? I’ll tell you right now, this is the one that worked for me so you might want to pay attention. Basically I put all four pieces down, then boxed them in with scrap wood and clamps. I have better clamps, but I’m trying to show you this can be done on the cheap.
Can you see how snug it is? If you don’t have any of these spring clamps you should pick some up the next time you are at Home Depot. They are about a buck a piece. Well worth the price. If you don’t have any clamps you could nail the scrap wood in place to keep your frame snug.
After I got it all snug and in place I decided I was going to use Gorilla Glue Epoxy (for the impatient DIY’er)
I did not want to end up gluing my frame to my “work” surface. I decided to try wax paper to prevent the epoxy from setting up where I didn’t want it to. I placed the wax paper on the work surface and “over” the scrap wood.
Then I proceeded to start clamping the frame back in place. SNUG, very snug. I lifted the North and South pieces and spread the Gorilla Glue Epoxy on both ends of each piece, then forced them back in place. I made sure all the joints looked good and that it was “square”. Then I busied myself with something else.
I did some glazing. Do you see something here? On the left?
Remember the triangles I had left over when I cut the moulding?
I glued them together to make this little piece. It’s just a little accent piece I have on the mantel leaning up against a mirror next to a finial.
This time when I removed the clamps, the frame stayed intact.
I used my nail gun to shoot some nails for extra strength. I think I must have chosen the worst joint to take a picture of. I think I need to start wearing my reading glasses when I DIY.
I started painting my new frame. I did sand some of the joints to make them a little more flush. Overall they were good enough that I didn’t have to use any caulk. But when you do this, you can use painter’s caulk to fill in any gaps.
To attach the chalkboard to the “frame” I made I decided to use Gorilla Glue 2x Faster. Why? Because I’m so impatient. The regular kind works great but can take up to a couple of hours to set up.
I like this small precision glue pen bottle. It dispenses a smaller bead of glue. I dampened the wood and applied the glue to the chalkboard.
Then I “clamped” it. REMINDER, Gorilla Glue expands. I did the best I could but some of it still oozed out. I suppose I should have made my frame just a tad smaller.
This is my new “magnetic” chalkboard, made out of this:
Do you remember this? I dug it out of the basement recently. I used it in my class as a magnetic board for the kids. It actually is one of those stove trivet things.
I attached a saw tooth hanger on the back.
There you have it. One way to make a frame. The best way? The easiest way? Probably not. Those of you who make frames could probably enlighten us. Just remember I was trying to show how to make a frame without corner clamps and framing tools for the DIY gal who just wants to make a couple of simple frames.
I used scrap window casing for my frame. You can use any scrap wood you may have laying around. Barn wood would make a great rustic frame. Leftover hardwood flooring would make a nice new shiny looking frame. MDF would make a more contemporary looking frame.
I did make one other frame recently. You can see that it was much easier because I attached the frame to a small sheet of MDF to make a Rolling Pin Display Rack.
If you have any suggestions about making frames, please leave them in a comment below. My readers have inquiring minds.
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