As far as wood is concerned, it will be your choice.
Regarding the tools, it depends a lot. If you buy rough wood, you will
need a jointer and a planer. Then a table saw will rip it to the
desired width. The table saw can also be used with jigs to cut perfect
miters. You will certainly appreciate a router to create some profiled
edges and other "decorations". If your frames are really large, maybe a
biscuit joiner will help you out. Depending on the style of your frames
maybe you will like to do some carving so here you are with future
purchases of chisels!
Unless you're planning on making hundreds of frames, you're probably
better off giving the jointing/planing part of the work to a
woodworking shop for a minimal fee. It might not be cost effective to
buy such machinery.
And I almost forgot... You will also need a few clamps. There are even
some evil spirits here who will suggest some red clamps... If they do,
let me tell you they're right! ;)
You probably want to just buy the molding already shaped or just use
flat wood. Then use something like this saw.
You can see lots of other info at that same website
Have a shop at school? Best place to work.
Cut your miter with as many teeth in your saw as possible, clamp all four
corners at once with threaded rod/corner and band/wedged clamping jig.
It's not hard, just expensive to buy premade moldings. Router table will
make pretty much anything you need.
check these out
clamping jig will make it much easier. Buy your moulding premade or
experiment modifying existing mouldings from the local lumberyard.
I'm not sure if anyone will still see this thread, but I wanted to
let you guys know that I just finished creating a complete tutorial
on the entire process of building custom picture frames from scratch,
including the glazing, mounting, and matting.
Please take a look and let me know if you have any suggestions for
improvements, or if you find it useful:
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