Some site visitors have found a bit complicated the making of the "shack" marine frame ...Because it was necessary to have some tools : at least a jigsaw to cut the opening of the frame window...

So we will simplify and make with some recovery boards, this rustic frame, a cute little clear frame to hang in a kitchen tiled with white and blue tiles...


The hardware.

- Some recovery boards ... From pallets, carpentry off cuts or 50x10 lumber...  - A framer-saw with its stop - Fast wood glue , some fine nails ... - A bit of white acrylic paint, a bit of Prussian blue acrylic paint (a small tube ... it takes so little!)


Start building!

You certainly have a project for this frame ... which should serve to highlight a art work, drawing, painting or engraving that you owned.

Start by taking measurements to compute the size of the frame. For me, it's a small canvas 10x10 treated with acrylic and fairly minimalist. It will suit with the relative simplicity of the frame.

My lumber is 5cm wide and 1 cm thick (it's even better if the widths are different from one board to another). And I wish that my finished frame measures 40x40 (just a little free space in the kitchen!).

So I begin to cut 8 lengths of 40cm long ... and 8x5 = 40 ... wide, it just falls! It'll be good 40x40 !

I've cut these boards with my picture framer saw. A little trick ... To avoid excessive measure (the more you measure and the less accurate it is!) I worked with the saw "stop" it is to say that I've mounted on the saw the special stem with its small sliding wedge that I set to 40cm.

how to use the stop of the picture framer saw


Now you just come to "bump" the board against the stop and then quietly cut. All the bars will have the same length!

Put then boards side by side to take again measurements : I have exactly 40 cm long but only 39.8 cm wide! Take account of this into when cutting edges ...


Borders and assembly ...

To make the frame with a border, I cut 4 lengths of 50x10 lumber : two to 40cm long and two to 39,8 cm. Cut the ends to obtain a mitred joint... Again I worked with the stop of my picture framer saw.

cutting edges of the rustic picture frame

Making so, I am sure that the parallel bars will have exactly the same length : an important condition for perfect angles.

bars to make rustic picture frame

Assemble eight lengths by placing them side by side and paste, with the fast Pattex glue, the first border. Secure with a few fine nails incompletely inserted. Then glue the other three elements. They are the ones who "secure" the frame.

assembly rustic picture frame

Hold tight all of the glue drying time . If you do not want to tighten the points, using clamps.


The inner edge ...

Now cut with the framer saw, short lengths of 10x10 dowel for the central frame.

The small canvas I want to frame measure 10cm x 10cm. I plan internal dimensions of 10.5 cm for there to have a little gap .. The stop is set at 10.5 and I cut my four mitred bars.

cutting the inner frame

A little fast glue and you can set up your inner frame with 4 nails to hold it tight.

inner frame achieved



Do not put too much paint ... we must see the wood for transparency ...

So Apply a thin layer of off white and immediately wipe it with a rag.

Let dry one or two hours , then with a fine brush, leave some traces of acrylic blue paint (I chose a Prussian blue tube).

Rustic picture frame finished

Let dry and then return with your damp cloth with white paint mitigate or even, in places, remove blue traces. Work with lightness, with a thin coat of paint on this frame to maintain a rustic look.

All that's left to do is to hang this rustic frame on the wall of a "fisherman's hut" room to stay in the atmosphere!

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