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PostSubject: Making Your Own Frames   Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:24 am

Ok I've been all over the net looking for information on how to make my own frames, I would love to buy them stretched already but alas the cost for pro frames are prohibitive esp. when hubby is a wood worker who was a carpenter for many many years.

Sooooooooooo what I want to know is what does the face need for angles etc. so that the frame doesn't interfere with the canvas?

Also what canvas stretchers are you using, for those that stretch your own canvas'? I'm into quality here and want my tools to last, as well as my frames to be perfect.

Here's my favorite place http://www.johnannesley.com/CradledPanels.html but I'm trying to reduce my costs and hubby is more than willing to build them for me.



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PostSubject: Re: Making Your Own Frames   Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:25 am

I forgot to mention one of the reasons I'm asking this is I'm working big again, as in 6 feet by 8 feet in size big.

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PostSubject: Re: Making Your Own Frames   Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:58 am

I know Judy mentioned making her own frames. I'm looking forward to finding out more about making frames. Thank you for starting this thread!

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PostSubject: Re: Making Your Own Frames   Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:27 am

I did find this link that you may find useful:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-a-Picture-Frame/

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PostSubject: Re: Making Your Own Frames   Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:48 pm

Thank you Janet, we've been making our own frames all along, what I want to know how to make is my own stretcher bars for stretching canvas onto.

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PostSubject: Re: Making Your Own Frames   Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:56 pm

Oops sorry Kimberly I misunderstood. Here's one that is for making stretcher bars: http://emptyeasel.com/2006/12/29/how-to-make-your-own-stretched-canvases-for-painting/

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PostSubject: Re: Making Your Own Frames   Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:20 pm

I make the frames for paintings by making the molding using a Jet molder/planer my husband bought for me years ago. I have several different profiles I use up to 2 inches.

I have stretched my own canvas but always just buy the the stretcher bars all ready made. They aren't that expensive, and I felt that there were too many grooves for me to deal with.

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PostSubject: Re: Making Your Own Frames   Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:01 pm

Tenon joints at the corners are the best in terms of structure rather than a simple butt joint. Most ready-made stretchers are built that way. For larger stretchers you'll also want to make sturdy center bracing with dado joints and mortices. Key pins I never found to be particularly useful, but if you want them you'll have to have a means of cutting them out. The front lip can be just simply beveled but I would make it somewhat rounded rather than too sharp and not too deep.

These Upper Canada stretchers are nice:
http://www.ucsart.com/

Personally I prefer a more solid surface to stetched canvases but have made my own in the past.
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PostSubject: Re: Making Your Own Frames   Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:37 pm

dbclemons wrote:


Personally I prefer a more solid surface to stetched canvases but have made my own in the past.

David what do you mean by a "more solid surface"? I was planning on using 2x4's as my stretchers with plenty of braching.

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