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Making a Picture Frame From Decorative Door Casing and Double Mat Photo in a Frame

Making a Picture Frame From Decorative Door Casing and Double Mat Photo in a Frame

Picture frame molding, door casingThis is a straightforward build.  Instead of buying the really expensive Picture Frame Molding, I opted to cut down some decorative door casing from the big box store.  It runs about $15 for a 7’ long stick, depending on the profile you pick.

cutting dado for glass and mat boardI started out cutting a dado along the edge of the molding that will eventually become the inside edge of the picture frame.  The recess is about a ¼” by ¼”.

Cutting Picture Frame MoldingThe excess that was too skinny to cut a dado in, I just ripped off at the table saw after the dado was cut.

Incra Miter Guage 1000HDI used my Incra 1000HD miter gauge to make the miter cuts.  It works pretty well, with the exception that the indexed head takes up so much space that sometime there is not enough sitting on the table to use it comfortably.

adjustable picture frame clampsOnce I was happy with my miters, I use my adjustable picture frame clamp to clamp it.  If you are familiar with this type of clamp, yes I removed the bolt and wing nut normally used to tighten the clamp.  That system only limits how big of a frame you can use and slows the whole process down by spinning a wing nut.

To finish it I used black spray paint and sprayed on some clear gloss lacquer using my Earlex spray system.

Logan mat cutterTo cut the glass and matting I used the Logan Matt cutter simplex Plus model 750 and a Pistol Grip Glass cutter.

I cut the matting so that there is a ¼” reveal between the edge of the white mat and the black mat.

The matting I used is the Crescent medium weight mats.

 tape hinge on mat to access pictureI taped the top of each mat together like a hinge, to help hold it all in place.  I use the hing method so if I ever wanted to change the picture it will be easy to remove the picture, and swap it out.

driving points to hold picture in frameTo close it all up and hold the backing in place I use the Logan Dual Points driver to drive the points into the edge of the frame. It shoots a variety of sizes including rigid for permanent installations as well as flexible points that can be used in situations where you may want to bend them out of the way to change the picture periodically.

In the Video, the three pictures where taken on various camping trips with my family.

The two waterfalls are taken along the McKenzie River, not far from the town of Three Sisters Oregon.  They are located between Clear Lake, and Carmen Reservoir.  You can hike from Carmen Reservoir up stream towards Clear Lake and see both falls within about a half an hour.

Double Matted and framed picture of Sahalie Falls
Sahalie Falls

Sahalie Falls is a mass of foaming white water plunging 100 feet (30 m) over a natural lava dam.

Matted and Framed Koosah falls Picture
Koosah falls

Koosah Falls drops approximately 70 feet (21 m) into a deep pool.

 Cape Perpetua picture matted and framed
View From Cape Perpetua

The third picture is along the Oregon Coast, looking down from Cape Perpetua.  This one was a several mile hike from where we were camping to the top.


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I’m the owner of Benham Design Concepts, a mixed media art studio where I design and build custom furniture and other works of art using wood, glass, stone, and various metals.
In this blog, I talk about the art I create, my journey, and the things I learn along the way.

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