June 12, 2015 by Scott - Saws on Skates
Hey there friends! Have you ever wanted to make your own picture frames? Are you intimidated by miter cuts? Want an easy way to make frames that doesn’t require dealing with any miter cuts? Then these DIY home decor plans are for you! This DIY picture frame doesn’t require any miter cuts… only 8 straight cuts are needed!
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Depending on the finish you choose, you’ll probably be able to cut, assemble, finish and hang on the wall all before dinner! What’s better than not dealing with miter cuts? These frames require hardly any measuring!
I’m always looking for an easier way to do things. And sure, I’ve made miter cut frames, but it does take a little work to get the miters right and tight. I’ve come up with an easy way to make professional looking frames without dealing with finicky miter cuts. They’re so easy to make, a 10 year old could do make them an end up with a frame worthy of a gallery!
The secret is the two jigs. You’ll use the jigs to measure the frame pieces and for assembly. Once you have the jigs, you can make frames any time you want. You can paint, stain or leave them raw. These frames make great gifts. And they’re perfect for last minute gifts, because they are so quick and easy to make.
A couple of notes:
First, I’m not a fan of end grain. Because these frames don’t use miter cuts (which would hide the end grain), I’m going to give you a few tips to avoid the dreaded end grain. You can build these any way you like, but my recommendation is to first determine if your photo will be landscape or portrait. Then follow the jig instructions. This way, the end grain will point to the ceiling and floor and will yield a more polished look.
Second, and probably most important, these frames can be made any size you want! This plan makes an 8×10 frame, but you can increase or decrease the measurements to standard size frames or even custom sized frames.
Third, the frames are made with pocket screws, but can be assembled with finish nails.
Finally, you can further customize the look by attaching moulding to the face frame or use a router with a decorative bit on the outside and inside edge of the frame.
Watch the “How to” Video!
No Miter Cut Picture Frame Plan
Scrap piece of MDF or plywood (to make jigs)
1-1/4″ Pocket Screws
2″ #8 wood screws
1-1/4″ finish nails
2″ finish nails
8×10 glass (you can buy frames from the Dollar Store and remove the glass)
Push pins (to hold picture and glass in the frame)
Step 1 – Cut two pieces from MDF/plywood to make the Face Frame jig and the Glass Frame jig and label as shown in the diagram below. Be sure to measure your glass before cutting the glass frame jig and adjust size if necessary. The glass will need to easily fit in the glass frame.
Face Frame Jig
Glass Frame Jig
Step 2 – Cut the horizontal Face Frame pieces. Determine if your photo will be landscape or portrait. This photo demonstrates a landscape frame. Position wood on edge of jig, mark the other edge and cut. Cut second horizontal piece and place on other end of jig.
Step 3 – Cut the vertical Face Frame pieces. Position vertical piece, mark other end and cut. Cut second vertical piece.
Step 4 – Assemble Face Frame. Using the Kreg Jig(affiliate link) drill pocket holes in horizontal pieces, apply glue, clamp to jig and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.
Alternatively you can attach using nails. If you’re not using a nail gun, pre-drill holes in vertical pieces, apply glue, clamp to jig and attach using 2″ finish nails.
Step 5 – Cut the horizontal Glass Frame pieces. Note: Glass Frame pieces are set on edge. Position wood on edge of jig, mark the other edge and cut. Cut second horizontal piece and place on other end of jig.
Step 6 – Cut the vertical Glass Frame pieces. Position vertical piece, mark other end and cut. Cut second vertical piece.
Step 7 – Assemble Glass Frame. Apply glue, clamp to jig and attach using 1-1/4″ finish nails.
Step 8 – Pre-drill counter sink holes on the back of the glass frame. Attach to face frame using glue and 2″ wood screws. Glass frame should set in approximately 1/2″ from each side of the face frame.
Step 9 – Sand, paint, stain or leave raw. Insert glass, a mat, a photo and use push pins to hold everything in place, then hang on the wall and admire your work! I finished mine with IKEA Behandla.
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