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Desktop

Picture Frames

A simple design makes these desktop picture frames easy to build. And the molded profiles and contrasting ivood make them good-looking, too.

use different types of wood to produce a nice contrast. Here we used maple and cherry. But if your scrap bin is getting full, it's a good opportunity to experiment with other types of wood as well.

profiles. Using built-up moldings also allows you to create a profile that appears quite complicated with a set of ordinary router bits. (We used a straight bit, a roundover, and a core box bit.) You simply rout a profile on one strip of wood, then combine it with another to form the final profile.

frame support. There's one last thing that any frame that's meant to sit on a desk or table should have — a support to prop it up. Instead of using a cardboard back with a hinged flap, I fit a simple wood spline in a groove in the back of the frame, see photo below.

Accent Strip Molding

Fluted Frame Molding

Whenever I think about making a picture frame, two things come to mind. First, it should be quick and easy to build. Second, the picture frame should look good too.

These desktop picture frames satisfy both requirements. In fact, you can probably take a photograph, get it developed, and knock out a frame for it — all in the same weekend.

And what you end up with isn't just an ordinary picture frame. A simple, yet attractive design makes these frames as special as the photos inside. built-up moldings. One of the things that sets them apart is the "built-up" moldings that are used to make the frame pieces. We made two different moldings — one for an Accent Strip Frame (see page 23), and the other for a Fluted Frame (see page 24). These frame moldings are made by gluing up individual strips of wood, see photos at left. contrast. One advantage to making your own frame moldings is it allows you to

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