Easy Picture Frames With Tongue & Groove




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Let me show you how easy it is to make your own picture frames using tongue and groove. These easy picture frames can be finished in a variety of ways to look stunning and professional, and you can hang them indoors or outdoors. The reason I am using tongue and groove to make the picture frames is because tongue and groove already has a groove, which makes it oh so easy to mount glass and mirror of a 5mm thickness.

You will find instructions on how to make the frosted glass panel here [http://www.home-dzine.co.za/crafts/craft-frosted-framed.htm], and the frame is built around the completed glass panel.

Step 1:

1. Cut tongue and groove planks to two lengths: 2 of 915mm and 2 of 715mm.

The nice thing about using tongue and groove for the picture frame is that it already has a pre-cut channel down one edge, which makes it easy to mount our piece of glass.

Step 2:

2. All four lengths need to have a mitred corner and you can easily do this with a mitre saw or mitre box and handsaw.

If you get confused when cutting the angles, cut one at a time so that you can fit the frame together as you cut each end.

Step 3:


You don’t need specialised tools to cut mitred edges for picture frames – a mitre box and backsaw do the job just as well.

Step 4:

3. Carefully insert the frame around the piece of glass.

A few light taps from a rubber mallet will help on areas that need a bit of coaxing, but only tap lightly to tease the glass into the grooved slot.

Apply a small bead of No More Nails adhesive to the mitred ends and attach corner braces with 12mm wood screws to hold frame sections together.

Leave the adhesive to cure overnight.

Step 5:

4. Now you are ready to start adding moulding and trim to the front of the frame; mark and measure individual strips to fit the outer edge of the frame and use a mitre box and handsaw to cut the strips to length.

The strips are attached with a bead of No More Nails adhesive.

Step 6:

5. Attach two picture hangers to the top of the frame.

Although not heavy, for a frame this large it is always safer to have two hangers rather than one.

Step 7:

I am going to be hanging my frame outdoors and to finish off the frame I applied  Gel Stain in ebony and then applied three coats of exterior sealer to ensure maximum protection.

NOTE: Don't be a dumb blonde like me. it is easier and better to apply the stain and two coats of sealer before you assemble everything and then apply the final coat of sealer once assembled.

To add a bit of detail to the frame I stuck a strip of aluminium tape around the frame, as you can see in the main pic.



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    6 Discussions


    6 years ago on Step 6

    Thanks mate I wouldn't have thort of doing that. As I am making them for Pyrography pics on ply wood.So agen thanks .lofty.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Most timber yards and home depot stores. This timber is used for flooring usually and is very cheap and can be bought in a variety of woods.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    You can buy tongue and groove panels from almost any DIY or hardware store.


    6 years ago on Step 7

    Clever! I actually have quite a bit of T&G scraps from a big project. This might be the best use for them.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I am always gathering unique ways of making picture frames. I just found this site and like this article very much. Thank you for sharing!