Making picture frames can't be that hard, right?
Having picture frames custom made costs a lot of money. Pre-made frames look cheap and only come in standard sizes.
Can I do it?
That was my first question.
After some hard work, trial and error, I found the answer was – YES!
After the dust settled -literally- I realized the answer to my second question:
Can I save money doing it?
Was also - YES!
It wasn't long after that before a third question crossed my mind:
Can I make money, making picture frames?
After more hard work and encouragement from my family and a few friends, I found the answer to the that question was also – YES!
It's been 14 years now and my passion has only grown!!
To save more (and make more), I learned how to cut my own mats, my own glass, take digital pictures and use the Internet to help me sell my frames and pay for this woodworking hobby that...
...seems like an addiction!
If you want to learn about making picture frames and cutting your own mats, so you can surprise your family and friends with beautiful gifts – this site is for you!
If you want to make money to help you pay for YOUR woodworking addiction – this site is for you too!
(it's also for anyone in between!!)
Either way, I'll show you step-by-step how to achieve your goal. Whether you have a shop full of tools or just a few basic tools:
YOU CAN DO THIS
I'll give you options each step of the way, so no matter what type of tools you have you can make beautiful picture frames yourself.
When I started, all I had was a tablesaw, a router and some basic tools, but...
...that was all I needed.
Since then, I've been fortunate enough to add most of the major tools a woodworker dreams of.
All of it earned through the money (not to mention hard work, sweat, and an occasional tantrum or two) I made selling frames.
It's amazing what hard work, passion, kindness (giving them as gifts), and word-of-mouth can do.
I plan to be very active on this site and hope to work with you as much as possible. I will continue to add pages of information,on a regular basis, covering every step of the way...
... from picking out and working with raw lumber or buying pre-milled wood, to the construction, mat cutting, and hanging your frame on the wall.
Please check back on a regular basis for new pages and more information. Please hit the LIKE button at the top too!
I look forward to being able to give a little bit back to the woodworking world for all of the help I have received from great forums and truly gifted woodworkers whom I've met over the years.
One final note, I don't claim to be an expert. I am just one guy who is sharing what he has learned over the last 14 years. These are things that work best for me.
I hope to help you avoid some of the mistakes I made and speed up your confidence and learning curve.
There are as many techniques and strategies to making picture frames as there are people making them.
I look forward to learning a lot here too!
Talk to you soon
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