I have had several requests to do a tutorial on making your own picture frames. I spent a lot of time trying to figure it all out. I wanted to make one without power tools, because I know not everyone has access to them. The best way to make one without a compound miter saw is to use this:
As I said, I was going to “rough it”, but I don’t have one of these, and I couldn’t find anyone to borrow one from. You can buy one for about $15.00 at Home Depot.
The best way to get a good cut with this handy dandy miter box is to secure it to a workbench or table. (there are places for you to insert screws)
I laid my trim on the piece I wanted to frame. I drew a rough line to help me remember the correct angle.
I took it to the miter saw (box).
With the line drawn, it’s easy to see the correct angle.
I made my cut as far to the right as I could so as not to have too much waste. (I saved this piece for a later project)
Typically when you are doing trim, you measure how wide you need your piece to be, and add 1/4 of an inch. (overall) 1/8 inch saw blade twice.
I’m not an expert by any means. A lot of my work is trial and error, but as long as I have learned something at the end of the day, it’s a good day!
My rough line to help remind me which end needs to be “long”.
oops! I didn’t cut my board short enough. I measured it to fit the outside of my piece. When actually I need to have room to attach my piece, so the trim needs to be a tad shorter.
Now to cut the next piece. There’s that pesky wrong angle again! I cut it off, right on the edge, and I saved the triangle piece.
My compound miter saw has a clamp. I use it when the piece of trim I’m working with extends way beyond the saw. With my finger AWAY from the trigger, I lower the saw blade to make sure the cut is going to be exactly right. (remembering to add 1/8 because of the width of the saw blade) I generally just move the piece so the saw blade is on the outside of my line. Practice makes perfect.
After I get a top and a side cut, I use each of those to make an identical piece.
Note that the angle is wrong, again, I cut off the triangle piece and save it.
Perfect on the first try! I’m not always that lucky. If anything, a little long is better than a little short. You can always trim a hair off if it’s too long.
Voila! I have my frame cut.
Want to see how I attached the pieces? Check out my post DIY Picture Frame Pt 2 to see the finished project. This not just a chalkboard.
Glendale Crossing Days Festival is Saturday October 16, 2010. If you are local and are braving the crowds and enjoying the Chamber of Commerce weather, here’s where we will be located.
Click the picture for details and directions. There is a FRONT and BACK to Bennie’s Barn. “True Kentucky is behind Bennie’s Barn. We will be located in front of Bennie’s Barn, across from the Food Vendors. (booth 45) If you visit all the booths in town, in front and back of Bennie’s barn and still have time and money, then you can venture inside to check out all the wonderful booths. (This picture actually shows the back of the building. See the OPEN sign? Follow that gravel drive around the building and we’ll be right there.
FYI, our booth will not be fancy schmancy. It will not look like the booths you are accustomed to seeing on the other blogs. We do one show a year, and this is only our third year. We have not invested in cutesy lattice work and such. This year we do not have use of a truck, so we are limited to what I can get in my suv. Very low key. But hey, if you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know that’s the real me. If you’re there, look us up and say hi!
happy birthday cousin terry