Back To Basics

Many people find out about DIYframing from web searches or exhibitions and start off mainly being interested in mounting their own work.  They take a more detailed look at DIYframing on line, receive a few newsletters and start to be consumed by an overwhelming urge to take a step further, leaping into the world of framing (that's how we like to see it anyway). However, it really is daunting knowing what to do first.  So here are some notes for guidance.

To start with you need to think of the tools you could use to start with, at each step of the process.  For details of individual items, click on highlighted words and phrases. 

  1. MOUNT CUTTING: The simplest method is to use the Logan Team System, which is basically a special rule onto which a simple mount cutter can fit.
  2. CUTTING MOULDING: a good quality saw which allows you to cut mouldings at 45 degrees - we stock the Nobex Proman and the Logan ProSaw 
  3. CLAMPING; there are several systems for clamping all 4 sections of moulding together st the same time (Adjustable Four Corner Clamp or a Strap Clamp) ready for joining.
  4. JOINING: a simple joiner system is the Hobby Joining Kit or the next step up is the Studio Joiner, which is also incorporates a high quality clamping system. 
  5. GLASS & BACKING BOARD: glass cutting really isn't difficult especially when using a good quality glass cutter. Two other alternatives might appeal more. The first is to use a perspex alternative (Styrene) which is easily cut using a special cutter (Fletcher Score Mate).  The second option is to use a glazier to cut glass to your specification.  A simple craft knife, rule (use the Logan adapt-a-rule for safety) and you can easily cut MDF backing board to fit. 
  6. ASSEMBLY: use either the Logan Frame Fitter or the Charnwood tab-gun to keep all layers of the framed package in place.  Use Kraft tape (or similar) to seal the back in place and then d-rings (or screw eyes) and hanging cord and it is ready to hang. 

For more details click The Basics:Starting in Framing for a suite of articles to help with early stages.


Posted on: 21 May 2007@07:36:06, updated on: 21 May 2007@07:36:06.