Details lines and texture can be added with a dremel grinder. Please watch our short how to videos listed above to see just how fast and easy this process is.
After the photo opening and plexi groove are finished use the jig saw to finish cutting the outside shape
Drill a hole and then cut out the photo opening with a jig saw. Then flip the board over, clamp it down and router a 1/4 groove completely around the photo opening. This groove has to be deep enough for the plexiglass and cardboard that sandwich the photo.
These fish and sea turtle picture frames are fun and easy to make. They can be cut into a variety of shapes and sizes and can be designed to be self standing or wall mounted..
Regardless of the design the project starts by sketching the frame on a piece of pine. 1x 8 or 1x10 works well for most frames
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Check out each of our short how to videos to see just how quick and easy these picture frames are to make. Each video includes some unique information so please watch them all. For example the Fish Frame video details how to texture the fins with a disc grinder. The Sea Turtle video shows how a dremel tool is used to create texture on the fins. The Shark video shows how the self standing bracket is mounted.
After sanding the frame can be stained or painted
We marked the exact size of the routered groove onto the plexi with a sharpie and then used the dremel grinder with a cut off wheel to cut the plexi to shape. Eye protection is very important whenever using grinding tools.
For wall mounted frames just drill a hole 1/2 way through the wood so it can be hung on a nail. For self standing frames we just mounted a small piece of pine with one screw. See photo. The stand can pivot out of the way when changing photos.
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