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How to make a wood photo frame

What kind of wood do you use to make a picture frame?

The most common soft hardwoods used in picture framing are basswood, ramin, obeche and mahogany. The most common dense hardwoods are oak, walnut, cherry and ash. The most common truly soft softwoods are pine, redwood and cedar.

What tools do I need to make my own picture frames?

Materials Needed to Make DIY Picture Frames

  1. “Picture frame” molding (HomeDepot.com has many choices)
  2. Miter box with a hand saw (sold as a set)
  3. Clamps.
  4. Wood glue.
  5. Heavy-duty stapler.
  6. Light-duty stapler or small nails for holding in the picture/cardboard.
  7. Sawtooth picture hangers.
  8. Hammer.

Why is it so expensive to frame a picture?

According to Mark Klostermeyer, a member of the Professional Picture Frames Association, it’s the sheer amount of mattings, moldings, glazings, and frames a shop provides that drives up prices. The fewer options a business offers, the more able they are to order in bulk, therefore cutting down costs.

How do you secure a picture in a frame?

The preferred method for securing contents in a frame are “points”. If you are unfamiliar with the terminology, points are the metal tabs found at the backs of gift frames, the ones you bend up to get the promotional contents out so you can put your picture in.

What can I use for backing picture frames?

Hard Board and Chip Board

  • Hard board is sold in home improvement stores in sheets, art stores in smaller sizes and on-line in all sorts of sizes. …
  • One side is nice and smooth which gives it a professional look when used as picture frame backing.
  • For the most part it is not sold as acid free. …
  • Cannot be cut with a blade.

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