Make a Simple Picture Frame
With a few simple tools, you can make the picture frame used in the "Faux Leather Finish" how-to article. This frame, along with a faux finish, is a great family project. Adults can do the cutting, and children can handle the decorating. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.
Tools & Materials
- Jig saw with bits
- Router (optional)
- Dust mask
- Hearing Protection
- Piece of 1x10 lumber
- 3/8" dowel rod
- Glazing points (if you are using a router)
- Thumb tacks (if you are not using a router)
Front of the frame.
Back of the frame. Note the hole for the dowel piece that serves as a stand.
- Cut a piece of 1x10 into an 9"x9" square. Make a slight arc or round-over at each corner to give the frame a softer look.
- Use your tape measure and square to draw a 4"x4" square centred on the board. If 4"x4" is too small, adjust the square to be 3/4" smaller on each side than your picture.
- Bore a hole at each corner of the square and use the jig saw to cut the hole out.
- Use a piloted 3/8" rabbeting bit to make a rabbet in the back face of the frame, around the centre hole. If you don't have a router, just push thumb tacks into the back of the frame to hold the picture in place.
- Bore a 3/8" diameter hole 1/2" deep in the back of the frame. The hole should be centred from left to right and 5/8" in from the edge.
- Sand the frame, paying special attention to the rounded edges.
- Cut a piece of 3/8" dowel rod 3" long. When you push the dowel into the hole, it serves as a stand for the frame.
- Use stain or a faux technique to finish the frame.