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Making a frame with chopsticks

Not everyone has enough talent to decorate their home with their own works, but any good handyman can make frames that will enhance or receive reproductions on canvas. The quality of a frame depends on the precision of the chop sawing.

Framing a work

The framing technique depends on the object to be presented, its fragility and its constitution.
A painting on canvas must often be stretched, because the floating of its surface would be very amplified by the frame. She is never placed under glass. A pastel or watercolor must be protected by a glass, but leaving a space so that the condensation does not stick to them.
A miniature is better highlighted with a large margin, or a "passe-partout" if it is framed in coasters.
Each type of frame or coaster uses its own techniques, but none are beyond the reach of the rigorous and careful amateur.

The frame stick

Frame stick

The frame stick should be in harmony with the style of what it frames.

  • A Louis XVI style wand emphasizes the cachet of an old engraving.
  • A varnished wood gives charm and refined elegance to a print or a watercolor.
  • A painted wooden frame, or even brushed aluminum, highlights a blood, a dry point etching, an etching.

The general style can not contradict that of the wall where the frame is hung, and more generally of the room and its furnishings.
A wall covered with a paper decor will easily accommodate an old-fashioned frame, while a simply painted wall, or stretched plain fabric, prefer a frame stripped bare.
Modern furniture blends well with frameless coasters or with brushed aluminum or pastel wood frames.

The dimensions of the object to be framed must be read to the nearest millimeter, its squareness verified and, if necessary, rectified.

  • The length of the molding corresponds to the perimeter to be framed, increased by 5 to 10 mm, to take into account a margin corresponding to the assembly tolerance and the thickness of the sawdust.
  • For the glass of a coaster, subtract 2 mm from the dimensions of the frame, taken at the bottom of rebate (to take into account the expansion).

The chopsticks cut

It requires a lot of care, in order to obtain an assembly without play and perfectly squared.

  • Use a saw with very fine teeth, in the absence of a real framer's saw, perfectly worn.
  • Hold the bag securely in the miter box, flattened at the bottom and along the edge in front of you.
  • saw with a steady movement, without pressing, and finish smoothly on reaching the bottom of the miter box, so as not to burst the wood.
  • Deburring the cutif necessary, with fine sandpaper (grade 200), passed to the sanding block.

Realization of the wooden frame

The strap press guarantees a perfect distribution of the pressure at the four corners of the frame.

Strap press

1. Cut the wand using a miter box and a fine-rimmed saw. After pasting the miter cuts, put the frame in press using a strap press.

A string, large plugs and a piece of trunnion make it possible to produce a press for assembling a frame.

String press and plugs

2. If you do not have a strap press, you can make this assembly, with a string or a wire tightened by means of a tourniquet, by putting it on big stoppers distributed around the frame so that it is not damaged.

Heads man and a small hammer framer (failing a hammer electrician, can strengthen the bonded assembly.

Nailing the frame

3. When the glue is dry, reinforce the gluing by pushing human head tips on the upper and lower faces.

Fixing the frame to frame in the rabbet of the frame

Man-headed tips placed at an angle allow to fix the painting in the frame.

Fixing the chassis in the frame

  • Simple method: secure the frame with man's head points nailed obliquely in the rabbet of the frame.

Spring-loaded screwdrivers allow the table to be easily fixed in the frame.

Fixing the chassis by spinning

  • Practical method: "spinners", screwed on the back of the frame, hold the chassis by a lyre spring.

Thick nailed or stapled cardboard corners provide reinforcement and rigidity to the assembly of a chopstick frame.

Cardboard reinforcement corners

  • Thick cardboard corners stapled to the back of the frame, or nailed plywood corners, add rigidity to the assembly.

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