Frame shops typically charge an arm and a leg to frame and mount a picture. Store bought frames just lack personality and style. This instructable will show you the basics of making your own picture frames at low or no cost.
I teach technology education in a High School and frames are a project I often do with my students. If a ninth grader can complete a frame, anyone can.

Step 1: Its all about the stock

First to make a frame you have to start with the right type of stock and enough of it to frame your picture.
The best stock has a rabbet cut (the right angle cut) on one edge. You can also cut a rabbet with power tools, but having a rabbet edge is not 100% necessary. Hardware stores often have trim that can be used for framing. Craft stores and art stores often carry framing stock specifically for framing. However pieces with a rabbeted edge are not 100% necessary.
I use scrap wood, thin long scrap pieces are easy to come by on a construction site or lumber yard. No matter where you get it from you are looking for stock that is long and about 1" wide or wider.

The piece on the left is scrap wood. It was a 1x3, I shaped the rabbet and rounded the edge with a router.

The piece on the right was a scrap piece of tongue and groove flooring. The rabbet was made by cutting way the bottom edge of the groove, the tongue was cut away also. Scrap flooring is great for framing!
Thank you for sharing! This will be great for all the pictures that I need to frame. There are a lot of <a href="http://www.stanhopeframers.com/" rel="nofollow">picture framing</a> companies here in Boston, but I've found that not all of them do the job quite the way I hope.
Thanks for sharing this great info, I've been wanting to know how to do this for a while now. I've been looking into <a href="http://www.dallasframearts.com/main/about.htm" rel="nofollow">frames in Edmonton</a> because I'd like to find the perfect one to frame our family photo. I really think that I should make my own though.
Thank you so much for this great <a href="http://www.prestigepictureframing.ca/" rel="nofollow">picture framing</a> guide. I have some old family pictures that are not printed in standard frame sizes. I really want to hang them up, but the just won't fit neatly inside any store bought frame. I am excited to make my own. Thanks again for your help!
Lovely little tutorial and I'm sure your friend loved it. One quick question why did you not just cut the acrylic on the laser? I know some types can't be cut (I can never remember if it's extruded or cast!). More curious than critical. The font you have used looks really nice with the colour of wood btw.
Would love to see you add this to my new group.<br/>Hope to see you there.<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/group/fixit/">Home Repair, Refurbishment, and New Projects</a><br/>
Instead of wood putty for filling gaps, I use a mixture of woodglue and fine sawdust, use the sawdust produced when cutting the frame, and it will be a good colour match
Very nicely done. Well written and nice pics. The strap idea is great! Now to get my router out (he he he...) Good Job
Nice instructable. Got lots of artwork I wanna frame whitout having to spend soooo much money. Thanx! :o)

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