My wife is framing artwork and told me she will spend about $130 for a
16x20" wooden frame.
Aghast, I asked for a breakdown.
1. Frame = $60
2. Mat = $30
3. Glass/plexiglass = $15/$30
4. Picture backing = $10
5. Frame backing = $5
6. Assembly = free (she will do the work)
Since she has actually done this quite a few times, I'm not disputing her
figures (they must be correct, for her); but I can't but help believe
that if I made the frame (with the right tools), it wouldn't cost me half
of what she's planning on spending.
Do any of you have experience building picture frames?
I figure something like:
I'd uy pre-cut molding by the board foot (prices will vary);
I'd pay the one-time charge for four L-clamps (I already have a chop saw);
Glue, nails, brads, screws, wire (for hanging), eyehooks, etc, would be
I would buy the uncut mat; I realize these are expensive (acid free and
all that); but they're amazingly expensive for a lousy piece of paper!
Then I'd buy a mat-cutting tool (one-time charge).
I'd buy the thinnest cheapest clearest stuff that works.
To cut, I'd use a saw or knife or a cheap glass cutter on a flat table.
Unless it needs to be acid resistant, I'd dig into my trash pile for a
thin piece of cardboard.
I'd buy a cheap roll of plain brown wrapping paper to glue onto the
entire back of the frame.
Have any of you done this before?
Can it possibly cost her $130 but cost me less than half that (amortizing
the one-time tool costs).
Any advice from the experienced?