Picture Frames: Project Info

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Learn what it takes to make picture frame by hand that have crisp mitres and splined corners. Paul shows how to make everything from a basic frame to a stacked frame using a number of different techniques.

Tools needed:

  • Square
  • Marking gauge
  • Tape/Ruler (or both)
  • Smoothing plane (No 4)
  • Rebate plane*
  • Moulding plane or scratch stock (see 3rd episode)
  • Poor man’s beading tool (video coming soon)
  • Poor man’s mitre box
  • Shooting board
  • Handsaw
  • Tenon saw/dovetail saw
  • Small steel hammer
    * = optional

The joints used in this project:

Mitre joint


  1. wilkinsb on 27 September 2014 at 4:54 am

    Who is that smart looking bloke in the picture?

    I’ve been wanting to do something like this project for quite some time as my wife loves pictures and every time she wants to hang another she buys a frame and I always tell her that I can make that……….now I will be able to! Great one!

    I miss speaking with you in person and hope that you will be making a trip to the Woodworking Shows in the states this year especially in Somerset, NJ where we first met.


  2. Mexiquite on 3 October 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Now I can frame all the pictures I’ve taken all over the world.

  3. Richard Kelly on 30 October 2017 at 8:58 am

    Minor typo – the video says ‘rebate plane’ not picture frame..!

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