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8 Steps to Build a Straight Frame – When Your Painting Isn’t

Occasionally you will have a slightly crooked painting. Perhaps it wasn’t constructed right, or in my case the stretcher bars moved slightly while I was stretched the canvas. Normally you could cut your frame pieces simply by measuring each side of the painting. But, you don’t want to continue the crookedness. Here is how I solve this problem when making a wood frame: Lay the painting down flat – paint side up. Cut one corner’s worth of wood that you are framing – this should give you two pieces with 45 degree angles cut. In my example I am working with the upper left corner. Use a corner miter clamp to make sure that your angle is “square.” If you don’t have a clamp, you can fashion one of your own, but you will consistently need to check that it is still square in all the following steps. Put the corresponding corner of the painting in to that corner of the frame as flush as you can get. Lay out the other two boards (in this case the right and the bottom). Make the other three corners square (right angles). When all 4 corners are square you will find gaps between the painting and the wooden frame. (These gaps wouldn’t normally exist on a square painting.) Measure how large you have to make each length of the frame to have it compensate for the gaps. Follow me here: Share this...