Cut the Frame
Cut a piece of 1x10 into a 9 in. x 9 in. square. Make a slight arc or round-over at each corner to give the frame a softer look.
Cut a Space for the Picture
Use your tape measure and square to draw a 4 in. x 4 in. square centred on the board. If 4 n. x 4 in. is too small, adjust the square to be 3/4 in. smaller on each side than your picture.
Bore Corner Holes
Bore a hole at each corner of the square and use the jig saw to cut the hole out.
Make Rabbets on the Back
Use a piloted 3/8 in. 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 Hole on the Back
Bore a 3/8" diameter hole 1/2 in. deep in the back of the frame. The hole should be centred from left to right and 5/8 in. in from the edge.
Sand Things Smooth
Sand the frame, paying special attention to the rounded edges.
Make the Frame Stand
Cut a piece of 3/8 in. dowel rod 3 in. long. When you push the dowel into the hole, it serves as a stand for the frame.
Finish the Frame
Use paint, stain, or a faux technique to finish the frame.
How To Terms
Use your favourite photos to easily create this photo-covered tray in our how-to guide. Get started on your new living room centrepiece today.