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DIY Tales: Making a Frame From Scrap Wood
By Hello...I Live Here on Oct 31, 2013
Frames from scrap wood
Taking a break from the master bath update, I decided to make some wood frames from scrap wood left over in our garage bin. It was a great way to get some Christmas gifts started, and have a little fun while waiting for my primer to dry in the master bathroom.
I made 4 of these frames in about 2 hours. Frames are fairly easy to make and take very little time. Stop by Lowe’s for some great frame ideas, or jump on Pinterest and see what others are doing.
I used all the left over 1×6, 1×2 and 1/4 round I had in the bins. The cove molding and clip I purchased from Lowe’s.
First cut all your boards to 16 1/4″.
Then Kreg the backs of two of the planks, and join the boards together using wood glue and 1 1/4″ PH Kreg screws. I sanded the boards front and back and filled the PH with my home made wood filler that consists of planed wood shavings and wood glue mixed. Using this product helps the stain take better than other wood fillers because it takes the stain the same color as the wood.
Next, cut your 1×2 molding for the outside of the frame. I stood these on their sides and cut the first 45 degree angle, and then measured for the second angle using my Ryobi angle tool. My measurements varied due to using scrap board but were around 18″ on each side after cutting the 45 degree angles. I joined the 1×2′s to the frame boards with wood glue and 1 1/4 inch nails using my nail gun.
Once I had those two items complete, I carefully cut the 1/4 round molding to a 45 degree angle and glued and nailed into place. (I like to measure off each board as I am going along. Even though your measurements were 16 1/4″, when you are using scrap wood sometimes measurements can be more or less depending how the frame wood was cut – this is the reason why I do my measurements to the cut center wood).
Final stage, I cut the cove molding 10″ x 10″ at 45 degree angles and placed into a square pattern in the inside of each frame. Inside the square I screwed in a small clip to hold the picture.
I sanded my frames with my Black & Decker Mouse Sander purchased from Lowe’s. It was a whole $29.00 and was well worth the price. Once you use it you will know why – the finish work this tiny mouse grinds down is simply beautiful.
After sanding I cleaned the piece with a tack cloth and stained with Minwax Aged Oak Stain purchased from Lowe’s.
After they dried I added a picture hanger to the center, added my photos and bam, new frames for our family room filled with photos of those we love.
Thanks for stopping by and reading our post. Hope you enjoyed this fast frame project today. I am sure my master bathroom walls are ready for that coat of paint now! Have a wonderful Halloween and stay safe everyone while out trick or treating tonight.
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