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Everything You Need to Know on Making Picture Frames, Matting and Mounting

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How to make a picture frame. Includes matting and mounting your artwork professionally.

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All my hardwood comes from Kencraft:

In this video we're going over basic picture frame making and everything you need to know to get started. If there's one thing every woodworker makes multiple times it's picture frames. All of the cuts and profiles in this tutorial is done on the tablesaw and there's no need to use a router. Picture frames can be as simple as the ones in the above video or complex with inlays, layering and profiles. I personally like a simple frame to let the artwork or photograph be the highlight. In the video I go over multiple ways to strengthen mitered corners and how to cut perfect 45 degree miters.

Making the frame is only half the battle. Photographs like to be mat and mounted so we also cover how to cut mat board with a mat cutter and how to professionally mount your artwork. I then show multiple ways of securing the artwork into the frame with point drivers and brad nails and then finish it off with a protective dust cover and picture frame wire.

Successful picture frame making relies on three things; miters that add up to exactly 90 degrees, equal length pieces and strong joints that will last a lifetime. I've made a couple of jigs to help speed up the process and make picture frame making quick and easy.

How to make a picture frame sled:
How to make a spline jig:

Table Saw:
Combination Square:
Handscrew Clamp:
Blue Painters Tape:
Wood Glue:
Large Bandsaw:
Flat Bottom Grind Blade:
1-5/8" Forstner Drill Bit:
1-3/4" Hole Saw:
Jet Drill Press:
Flush Trim Saw:
Shellac Finish:
Glass Cutter Tool:
Black Mat with White Core:
Rotary Cutter:
Cutting Mat:
Mat Cutter:
Point Driver:
Vice Grip:
Illustration Board:
Craft Paper:
Spray Adhesive:
Picture Frame Wire:
Rubber Bumpers:

Art by Jim Ether:
Music by Me:
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David Picciuto
PO Box 2499
Toledo, OH 43606

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