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How to Make Picture Frames (Best of AW): 12 Simple to Stylish Projects from the Experts at American Woodworker (American Woodworker) (Best of American Woodworker Magazine) Paperback – October 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Best of American Woodworker Magazine
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565234596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565234598
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a dozen featured projects and ideas for dozens more, this book is sure to get you in the right "frame" of mind for housing your family's most treasured memories and artwork. Step-by-step instructions, and vivid, full-color photographs bring the woodwork to life and ensure the success of your projects. Also includes complete tutorials on matting and mounting.

From the Back Cover

Picture Yourself Crafting Beautiful Frames Frames are the dwellings for your most cherished memories, be they family photos from summer vacation or the first piece of artwork from your child. Why not add an extra-special touch to those beloved mementos by making your own picture frames? How to Make Picture Frames is a collection of some of the best framing projects published by American Woodworker magazine, the premier publication for woodworking. From simple frames to more complex and highly decorated ones, the experts at American Woodworker provide all the step-by-step instructions you need, along with the workshop tips, matting and mounting instructions, and plans for jigs that guarantee success. Some of the frames can even be made out of scrap stock in a day using nothing but basic power tools. With the help of How to Make Picture Frames, no matter which project you select, you'll be creating something special to house that treasured memory for years to come.

Customer Reviews

One thing about the book that everyone should be aware of.
M. L Strickland
This book has simple instructions, very clear pictures to explain procedures and a variety of helpful tips.
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I mam looking forward to being able to create some great picture frames!
Ralph D. Wilson II

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 28, 2011
If you own a router, router table, and table saw you can do almost everything in this book with minimal purchases of additional equipment.

This book has simple instructions, very clear pictures to explain procedures and a variety of helpful tips. Written primarily for the novice, it offers a variety of very helpful tips and a variety of cautions of what not to do. For the expert, it overs fewer tips but the jig set-ups and instruction has good potential to inspire advanced set-ups beyond what is discussed.

In particular, the flawless set up for perfect miter cuts using a table saw was great and can be used to quickly produce frame cuts. The router molding set-up showed great tips for smooth routes with perfect symmetry and the variety of options given in the project section included so many possible miter, router, and wood combos, that creating infinite frames of quality and variety will be inspired.

With all things, experience is the key. Working from the front to back will allow novice woodworkers the chance to master basic and advanced concepts and challenges. The last project is an heirloom project, but really mastering the skills presented in this book will allow you to produce many frames that can be passed on to many generations to come.

Have fun!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Picciuto on September 19, 2011
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Good book. To the point, lots of pictures and comprehensive. I think the most useful part of the book is the tablesaw jig plans for cutting perfect miters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 23, 2012
A good frame doesn't just complement the art - it showcases the art, defines a visual context for it, and even protects it from dust and other hazards. Good framing can cost a lot, though, often way more than the art itself. And, even a good framer has only so many kinds of frame available, and some times none of them seem quite right.

This guide helps woodworkers create incredible custom frames for very modest prices - possibly free, given a reasonable supply of wood left over from other projects. Some can be done with only a table saw, but the possibilities go through the roof if you have a router table and other standard tools. Given a few basics, this guides the craftsman through every step, from planning the look of the finished piece, to fabrication of the frame material, to constucting and finishing details. Most use only a single piece of lumber for the frame, but inlays or other assemblies in contasting colors add another dimension to the design possibilities.

The cover photo shows gorgeous frames in a grand tradition. The projects inside, however, suit many moods - modern and geometric, rustic, or informal. A chapter near the end shows some frames made by a high school student. The skill in her work equals any elsewhere in the book, but her youthful sense of play stands out. And, like the other woodworkers featured here, she's generous with tips on jigging and other details.

Many of these frames are one-day or weekend projects, so they'll fill the occasional gap in your schedule or just give you a day off to have some fun and get some immediate gratification. And that's on top of cutting the incredible cost of framing at the same time you create frames that are artworks in themselves.

-- wireweird
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Helsing VINE VOICE on August 13, 2013
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I really like this book. It is presented in a way that makes it easy even for a beginner to use. The idea of the book is to provide information to make picture frames which it does and does well. It gives ideas for where to get wood for the projects, how to insure the angles cut are exactly what are needed, and many other tips to make the project a success. My only gripe with it and the reason for a loss of a star, is that it doesn't get into more decorative or complex designs as an option. I understand that this is a book for simple projects, but I would have liked to see something that tells more about other techniques to create a very unique project. Otherwise, this book is worthy of all stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Ken on March 17, 2013
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This book has both a collection of interesting, beautiful frame ideas, but excellent, simple instructions how to make these from commonly available tools and materials. Their approach saves a lot of money over expensive single-purpose router bits or even more expensive pre-fabricated frame stock. I took one I particularly liked and scaled it up to frame a large mirror over the vanity with excellent results, using wood and a cove bit I already had.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O'Keene on January 14, 2013
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I was expecting more detail, but it was very helpful in new ideas and methods. It is recommended for the person who already knows the details.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Starla D. McDaniel on March 22, 2013
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This really is a nice down to earth kind of book that you can not only understand, but I was making frames with trim in 2 days !!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jnjm on April 4, 2013
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A lot of information, but not much in detail as to how to design your own frames. I was disappointed.
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