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Are you into woodworking? Are you at least interested in it? If you are, then you’ve come to the right place. Woodworking is an art that dates far back into history – one can say that it even came before stone sculpting. When human life has entered the Neolithic period, they learned how to carve their own weaponry. They would often carve sharp wooden knives or sticks for plowing land or hunting animals used for food.

Simple DIY Wood Picture Frames

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Are you into woodworking? Are you at least interested in it?

If you are, then you’ve come to the right place. Woodworking is an art that dates far back into history – one can say that it even came before stone sculpting. When human life has entered the Neolithic period, they learned how to carve their own weaponry. They would often carve sharp wooden knives or sticks for plowing land or hunting animals used for food. This carving method, although used for survival, is what I believe to be the first practical application of woodworking in the real world. To this day, woodworking never ceases to be useful. Although mostly regarded as an art form nowadays, woodworking can still be reflected in a variety of practical activities such as furniture creation and other wood crafts.

I think the biggest challenge behind woodworking is equipping your workshop with the right tools. Woodworking tools such as a power drill and jigsaw can cost you a couple of hundreds so if you’re going to start woodworking as a hobby, then you really need the resources for it. After all, you can’t just keep on working with a chisel and saw – especially when you’re dealing with hardwood. You got to upgrade sooner or later if you really want to take this hobby of yours seriously.

Check out common tools for woodworking here: https://www.wagnermeters.com/moisture-meters/wood-info/tools-products/top-40-woodworking-tools/

Anyway, before you start sculpting portraits in wood, I think it’s good to start with some practice exercises. For today’s practice, we’re going to create some nifty wooden picture frames to decorate your home with. Can you just imagine it? Finally! Your most embarrassing baby pictures will be hanged on the wall. Congratulations!

Kidding aside, our woodworking activity today is just as enjoyable as it is practical. Picture frames aren’t so cheap anymore. Wooden ones will even cost you more than dinner! Creating your own will not only allow you to personalize the design; it will also help you save a few bucks. Woodrific!   

Follow the proceeding steps to create your own wooden picture frame today:

  1. Get Inspired

It’s normal to not know where to start; to feel lost and unable to begin crafting. Well, it’s to be expected since you’re a beginner at woodworking. To get yourself motivated, it would be ideal to start with a little bit of inspiration. Luckily, the internet has everything you need to feel inspired.

Check out Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and other image-heavy resources. Look through their vast collections of custom-designed wooden frames and get ideas from them. You may think that creating a simple DIY picture frame is no biggie. After all, isn’t it just thin wood shaped into a rectangle? Well, that’s about right – that is, if you’re content with that level of craftsmanship. If you want to drive your inner creativity to the next level, looking for some design inspiration is a good place to start.

  1. Choose a Design

Okay. So scanning through dozens to hundreds of frame designs is one thing; choosing is entirely another. You can’t begin unless you finally fix your mind on doing one specific design. Choosing can be difficult, especially if you’re faced with so many good choices. But remember, this isn’t the only time you’ll be making wooden picture frames. In fact, you can create all the designs you want – just not at the same time. So simply start with the design that appeals to you most.

First, funnel down your choices to a good five or ten, then further your comparisons until you end up with a single design you want to do. Don’t worry; you can get back on the other ones later! 

  1. Do Your Research (Safety Protocols, Tools, Best Practices, Etc.)

Now that you have your design, it is only natural that you begin crafting – wait, scratch that. Actually, you need to get one other thing done: Research.

I know that’s probably a word you least wanted to hear. It’s tedious, boring, and too time-consuming. However, if you want to last in the woodworking business with all your fingers intact, you should really prioritize research. So get out of your recliner chair and start studying efficient methods, safety protocols, tool care, and everything else that’s relevant to woodworking. The more you know, the safer you can proceed with the task.  

  1. Start Crafting

This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for – time for you to craft! Now that you’re all excited to start creating your wooden frame, it’s time to gather the necessary tools for it. This is a small project so you’ll only need a couple of things, such as:

  • A Small Saw
  • A Pencil (to note lines)
  • Measuring Tape/Long Ruler
  • ½ Inch Nails/Wood Glue

That’s it. Also, prepare the wood you are planning to use. If you want your frame to last, using good wood like Oak or Mahogany is best. Rest your wallet; it’s not going to be too expensive since all you need are slabs or chunks of wood. I’m pretty sure the local lumberyard would be happy to give those to you for a low price.

Start with measuring the size of the picture frame you want to create. Use a pencil to create guidelines for later when you start to cut. Very carefully, saw the wood into proper proportions. If you’re going for a rectangular shape, position it like so. To piece the wood pieces together, you may either nail them into place or use wood glue (I personally prefer using wood glue). Prepare a flat piece of wood (plywood) and cut it to fit the back part of the frame. Make sure it does not overlap with the actual frame. Install locks or something that will keep the contents of the frame in place. 

  1. Personalize

Finally, now that you have your wooden frame’s “framing” done, the last step to do is to add your own personal touches. Go mild or go wild and personalize your DIY wooden frame. Add colors, patterns, trinkets, and whatever else that can make the frame look more flattering. Make sure that the design goes well with the photo of your choice!

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