Everything You Need to Know on Making Picture Frames, Matting and Mounting



How to make a picture frame. Includes matting and mounting your artwork professionally.

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In this video we’re going over basic picture frame making and everything you need to know to get started. If there’s one thing every woodworker makes multiple times it’s picture frames. All of the cuts and profiles in this tutorial is done on the tablesaw and there’s no need to use a router. Picture frames can be as simple as the ones in the above video or complex with inlays, layering and profiles. I personally like a simple frame to let the artwork or photograph be the highlight. In the video I go over multiple ways to strengthen mitered corners and how to cut perfect 45 degree miters.

Making the frame is only half the battle. Photographs like to be mat and mounted so we also cover how to cut mat board with a mat cutter and how to professionally mount your artwork. I then show multiple ways of securing the artwork into the frame with point drivers and brad nails and then finish it off with a protective dust cover and picture frame wire.

Successful picture frame making relies on three things; miters that add up to exactly 90 degrees, equal length pieces and strong joints that will last a lifetime. I’ve made a couple of jigs to help speed up the process and make picture frame making quick and easy.

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How to make a picture frame sled: https://youtu.be/r6fUXRMJ0DI
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43 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Know on Making Picture Frames, Matting and Mounting

  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Hey David! Cool frames! I’ve been making a ton of frames over the last few months and I have a few tips/tricks I’ve picked up that you might like. 1) Instead of Super 77 you can get a cheap ATG tape dispenser that puts down a bead of the adhesive you see on glue dots. It doesn’t get messy or smell bad like Super 77 (IMO) and it sticks instantly, even if you’re backer paper is wet. Why would it be wet? 2) Wet your backer paper slightly, like barely damp, before attaching it to the frame. When it dries, the paper will shrink up a tiny amount and pull the slack out making it nice and taut. A fine mist sprayer works great for this. 3) The framing shops trim their backer paper with ~⅛” inset from the edge of the frame using a little tool that just holds the razor blade in at the right distance; you can make one pretty simply with a block of wood and do the same if you like it; I think it looks nicer on the back and hides the paper better. 4) If you use D-ring mounting clips on the back of the frame they sit flatter against the wall; you can find videos on YouTube showing the recommended way to weave the picture hanging wire through them so it creates a knot that keeps itself tight. Finally, if you find yourself making a lot of frames, a mat cutter makes life a lot easier (you could totally make one, come to think of it) and artists tape is a lot cheaper and more forgiving than the acid free cellophane tapes for your hinge mounts. Alright, that’s all I’ve got for now. Good to have you back! — C

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    So raising the blade will give you deep or shallower spline, what’s the range on the size of splines. Also does that work for and picture frame of any size and dimensions?

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Good tip on the second cut for the rabbet being NOT on the fence side. This was really full of info. Thanks.

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Dave, have enjoyed so many of your videos over the years but absolutely love this one! Thanks for making it!

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Well, After making my 45 degree miter sled, now I need to make a spline jig! Very Nice David!

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    I love how thorough this was! Really showed the possibilities of undertaking something like this on your own, and having the frame be just as much a piece of art as what it frames.

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Another amazing picture video!!!! Hands down best on the Tubes for picture frame know how and knowledge. Thank you David.

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Hi Bob,
    Nice video as always.
    First of all Hello to your new cameraman (nicely done at 8:35)

    I have to say that this particular video felt a bit like Bob's video, I mean it was slower than usual with a lot more detailed explanations. I like it but I personally hope that you next videos will, in general, have with more punch, more jokes, more originality, more Picciuto.

    In brief, I personally watched Bob to imagine and believe I can do stuff, you to have fun, and be entertained and Jimmy to be confused and realising that I cannot do stuff (full circle)

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Joinery ninja. 2 for 2 on cool sponsors. Keep up the awesomeness!

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Man. This ends about 4 arguments I have been having with my husband. Why didn't you post this a month ago to preserve my own personal marital bliss? #unsubscribe 🤣 Thanks for this in depth video.

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Very nice. I like the way you present alternate methods to achieve the finished product.

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    It seems like those 45 degree cuts could be done so much easier on a miter saw and then you wouldn't need a jig. Can someone please explain to me why that wouldn't be the case?

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    The Picciutto Joint making it ROUNDS! 😉
    See what I did there?

    Glad to see you getting some man glitter on your shirt again. Way batter than website blue light in your eyeballs!

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    What is that 3 fan black thingy on the end of your table saw? Dust collector with computer fans?

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    This is a wonderful video, David. …and I never use the word wonderful, lol. Very comprehensive, yet very easy to follow. Lots of good information! Nice job!

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    This video was timed perfectly for me. I have a bunch of frames to make and this tutorial was great!

    I’m always confused on the measurements needed and your math helps A LOT.

    Who’s in ya house?

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Whoa! Awesome video! This is probably the most style and information dense video you've put out. Sweet shot of that Diresta print!

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Wow, great job! Like most of us I’ve made a few picture frames, but always the hard way. My goodness this simplifies things. I thought as long as you can get perfect miters you’re straight, but somehow something was always off. Anyway thank you very much, loved the video, will be looking at those jigs . (Always intimidating) but way worth it. I’m passionate and I’m making something, I’m out. 👍

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Hole-saw trick was neat, keeps things flush. You can also cut a dado along the back of stock and use L brackets. Helps a lot with heavy artwork or big frames.

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Sweet build,

    But you forgot to include a secret map in the back to Chester Copperpot treasure!

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Crazy good and informative video! Crazy that I feel comfortable building big pieces of furniture, but avoid making small projects like picture frames and boxes.

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Excellent video as always sir! One question, is there any reason why you decide to use painters tape instead of a band clamp to clamp the frame while the glue sets? I know painter's tape is cheap anyway, but thought I'd ask.

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Oh look another picture frame video from David surprise surprise…………….. Can't stop watching it, wait I'm learning something new, what use channel locks to set the nail in the back. MIND BLOWN!!!!!!!!!

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Great video. Great flows. Is this new camera guy if so great work

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    i remember making a picture frame it was with cherry and was small, it was annoying because i used a miter saw and would get so close but still off with sizes but when i finished it, it was so nice once i sanded it

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Great choices! Norm Abrams and Roy Underhill were certainly my inspiration back in the day.

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Great video. I like when you show multiple ways of doing the same thing. I recently made a frame and wish I had seen this first. I attempted my first splines and did not know about the flat bottom blade. I did fill it with sawdust and glue and it was fine. But next time I am going to get the right blade. Also like the glue up with tape. Look forward to the next video. I am still curious how to figure out the length of each frame piece? I'll have to watch again.

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    One thing I didn’t hear was what the grain direction should be for the splines. I’m guessing it should be across the joint, but should be noted for beginners.

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