How to make large,quick and easy Rustic wooden frames
for your paintings for less than $10 each.


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I make and sell my own paintings and occasionally art of others to supplement my income. Art is one of the most enjoyable items I sell. To help my profit margins I have come up with some low cost ways to frame the more rustic and rugged examples of outdoor and marine paintings I sell. One method I use is to make wide frames with tongue and groove Pine boards.This method is excellent with certain landscapes as it complements the paintings very well.

 To start the low cost framing I cut masonite boards and use carpenters wood glue to attach the canvas. After the canvas has dried I make frames with tongue and groove pine.

The photo below shows a very large 24 inch by 36 inch painting framed with 4 inch wide tongue and groove.



When I cut this frame I used a simple plastic miter box that costs less than ten dollars and a sharp carpenters saw.

Here is where it gets interesting. After the wood is cut I glue the angled corner edges together one edge at a time using a hot glue gun. To make the frame secure after the glue sets a pilot hole is drilled in the outer edge near the corner and a 2 inch dry wall screw is inserted in the corner with the screws head being hidden by the outside groove of the tongue and groove.

If there were any cracks at the joint I fill them with Patch-N-Paint lightweight spackling. This spackling covers the cracks nicely. Finally, I stain the pine with MINWAX Early American Finish #230. This finish is perfect. It is not too dark and brings out the pine grain extremely well.

 Using this method I can buy two 8 foot lengths of pine tongue and groove and make a large frame for a 24x36 inch painting and have a piece of pine left over when I am done. By using hot glue I do not have to wait for the glue to dry for hours, the frame  is ready in a few minutes. I do hold the glued corner down for a few minutes with weights before I glue the next corner but this method is extremely fast and inexpensive and gives great results for certain types of paintings as the photo shows.



Robert Moffett

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