One of the first wood working projects someone can do to learn basic techniques is a picture frame. In building a picture frame you learn to use different tools, finishings, and even design elements. Instead of buying your next picture frame, try building your own.
Choose Wood Easy to Work With
Once you know the dimensions of your picture frame, then you will want to choose the lumber, or the molding pieces to use for the frame. When first beginning choose something that is soft and easy to work with.
Measure for Sides and Cut
Take your measurements for the sides, top, and bottom, of the frame, for instance a normal 8x10 frame would be 8 inches wide and 10 inches in height. Use a miter saw to cut the 45 degree angles for a better finished look than a butt joint frame. Keep in mind that you will need to change the direction of the blade for each side.
You will also need to make a small groove along the back edge of each piece to lay the glass and picture in.
Assemble the Frame
Use wood glue and clamps to join all the sides together. Let it dry for several hours before taking the clamps off. During this time you can make the backing of the frame. Cut out a thin piece of cardboard to fit the back.
Put Backing On
Put the glass piece in the front, followed by the picture. Using some small V clips, attach the backing to the frame. Hang and enjoy!