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I wanted to make a frame for my art without using glass. So using some scrap wood, sandpaper, epoxy, screws and magnets I made my own! In the end you have a free floating piece of art held securely between two magnetized pieces of wood.

Step 1: Step 1: Get a Piece of Wood

So I just went through the scrap bin at my woodshop but you can get any sort of wood that you have enough of and you like the look of. You are going to be sandwiching your art between two piece of the wood.

Step 2: Step 2: Slice Wood in Half

So because I was interested in a more sleek look I decided to cut the wood lengthwise so that my final frame would be less chunky. You can use a table saw for this or get it custom cut by a professional if you don't have the equipment or the table saw makes you nervous. (it kind of makes me nervous too but I got a lot of practice with this project!)

Step 3: Step 3: Cutting Length

So figure out the width of your art and then cut the pieces to size. My piece is 12 x 17 so I cut my frames at 12 so that I'd have a flush fit. To be clear, to frame one piece of art you need 4 pieces of wood cut to the width of your project.

Step 4: Step 4: Drill Your Holes

So the front facade of your frame you only drill two holes for the magnets. The back side you'll be drilling four holes: 2 for magnets and 2 for the mounting screws. Mark out your holes so that when you sandwich them together they line up. I chose 2" and 10" for my magnet holes and 4" and 6" for my drill holes.

NOTE: the magnet holes do not go all the way through. If you can use a drill bit that makes flat holes that is best. Just make it the right size for your magnet. This is a process of delicate drilling and testing. You want it to be a snug hole.

Step 5: Step 5: Drill

Once you've measured out all your holes for the front and back sides (Back sides featured in the photo) start drilling.

NOTE: the magnet holes do not go all the way through. If you can use a drill bit that makes flat holes that is best. Just make it the right size for your magnet. This is a process of delicate drilling and testing. You want it to be a snug hole.

Step 6: Step 6: Double Check, Sand and Finish

I always double check my work to make sure that things line up and that I have the right amount of material. When you are done drilling you can sand and finish your wood in any way you like.

Step 7: Step 7: Epoxy the Magnets

So this process is kind of slow as you need to mix the epoxy (I chose this brand because you can use a little at a time) and wait for it to dry before doing the other side of the frame bar.

Step 8: Step 8: Mix Together

Follow the instructions for your specific epoxy. Mine seemed to be an even mix that was a dark grey when mixed together.

Step 9: Step 9: Dab Into the Holes

Put a little epoxy in each of the holes on the BACK side of your Frame Bars.

Step 10: Step 10: Fit in Magnets

Put magnets in and tap lightly to get into the space if it is snug. Let dry 6 hrs or whatever your epoxy instructions say.

Step 11: Step 11: Fit Front Bar Magnets

So after the BACK Frame bar is dried you can test the magnets for the FRONT frame bar to make sure you are putting the attracting sides together. After you figure that out, epoxy the magnets to the FRONT frame bar. Wait until dry.

Step 12: Step 12: Hang the Frame

While your FRONT bars are drying, you can drill your frames into the wall.

Step 13: Step 13: Leveling

Make sure to level your bar now before fully drilling in your screws! Do this for the top and bottom of your frame.

Step 14: Step 14: Mount Your Back Frame Bars (Top and Bottom)

Make sure your Back Frame Bars are level and then mount them using the appropriate screws for your walls. Measure the length of your art and then mount the Bottom Back Frame Bar that distance away from the Top Frame Bar.

Step 15: Step 15: Mount Your Art!

Once your Back Frames for Top and Bottom are mounted and the magnets are secured in both the Back and Front Frames, go ahead and put your art at the top of the frame bar and then add the Front Top Frame Bar on the front! It will hold the top of your art in place while you do the same to the bottom. Enjoy!

<p>Awesome job documenting your steps! Thanks for sharing!!</p>

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