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Barnwood Frames - $1 and 10 minutes

December 2, 2009 |
posted by Guest
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For those of you not needing toys and kids stuff, don’t give up on me! Here is a cheap and easy, but sure to be cherished gift idea for adults.

Shopping for some fabric, I noticed an empty frame retailing for $99 for a 24”x36”. Labeled as the “Barnwood” Frame, I was shocked at the markup. It seems the more simple something is, the more we are willing to pay for it.

Now I know what a couple of rustic 1x2s cost – $1.50 to be exact. I’m not certain what 16 nails cost, or the tiny bit of weathered wood stain, but it doesn’t total up to $99. So the next morning, in my bathrobe with my daughter still sleeping, in 10 minutes, I used exactly one 1×2 (75 cents) to build this frame – a 12”x12” size:

Barnwood Frames - $1 and 10 minutes

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Barnwood Frames - $1 and 10 minutes
Barnwood Frames - $1 and 10 minutes
Barnwood Frames - $1 and 10 minutes
Barnwood Frames - $1 and 10 minutes

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
I am going to encourage you to use my frame as an example, and recommend that you build your frames to your specific size. That’s why you are a carpenter – you get EXACTLY what you want!

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1x2s

2 inch finish nails
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
safety glasses
hearing protection
circular saw
compound miter saw
nailer
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

4 – 1x2s @ 12, 1 1/2″ flat side mitered so the shortest length is 9″
4 – 1x2s @ 13 1/2″, edge side mitered so the shortest length is 12″

Step 1

Barnwood Frames - $1 and 10 minutes

Start by mitering the 12″ pieces, as shown above, at a 45 degree angle.

Step 2

Barnwood Frames - $1 and 10 minutes

Then do your 13 1/2″ pieces.

Step 3

Barnwood Frames - $1 and 10 minutes

Mark your 13 1/2″ pieces as shown above.

Step 4

Barnwood Frames - $1 and 10 minutes

Back to the 12″ pieces. Nail through the corners into the perpendicular board, as shown above. Do this on all corners to make the inside frame.

Step 5

Barnwood Frames - $1 and 10 minutes

First do a dry fit and make sure the outer frame fits flush with the inner frame. Then attach the outer frame as shown above, lining up the line marked on the outer frame with the inner frame, as shown above.

Step 6

Barnwood Frames - $1 and 10 minutes

Nail the corners like we did in step 4. Also, make sure you nail the outer frame to the inner frame.

Step 7

Barnwood Frames - $1 and 10 minutes

Here are some measurements to guide you.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill your nail holes with putty and finish as desired.

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Ana, this is so pretty. Is

Ana, this is so pretty. Is there any reason why one shouldn't glue the pieces together as well as nailing? Seems like it would be much more stable over time. Hanging a frame puts quite a bit of strain on the parts. (I'm always having to glue old frames back together.)

posted by Maria Stahl (not verified) | on Thu, 2009-12-03 06:53

Yes, I should write a "unless

Yes, I should write a "unless otherwise stated, glue, glue, glue . . ." because I glue everything! Thanks for making note of this - much appreciated!

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Thu, 2009-12-03 12:28

Hi Ana. We built a frame for

Hi Ana. We built a frame for our son's large poster today using these plans, and it turned out great! Thanks so much once again. Can't wait to try the next project!

posted by beth (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-01-21 18:36

Any tips on getting glass

Any tips on getting glass into these? Say I am wanting to build a frame to fit 8x10 glass, the only way I can see to make the glass stay in without a table saw or router is to make the outside of the inner frame measure 8x10 but then your viewing area is 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" am I missing something?

posted by lanisanford (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-04-07 16:18

just found your site today

just found your site today and spent SO much time bookmarking projects for the future! i found a collage of old worn frames this past weekend but my wallet wasn't even negotiating that purchase. i've been brainstorming how to make my own and finding this page was extremely timely and perftect!
i'm echoing the earlier question: how do we put glass in it?

posted by bononers (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-09-06 12:27

i read a lot of stuff and i

i read a lot of stuff and i found that the way of writing to clearifing that exactly want to say was very good so i am impressed and ilike to come again in future..
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posted by alax3 | on Tue, 2014-02-11 13:32

use glazing points. make the

use glazing points. make the frame opening the size you want, then install the glass in the back using glazing points or something similar. then cover with a piece of cardboard or craft paper.

posted by Sharon Lambirth (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-08 18:40

You make the inside

You make the inside measurements just a hair smaller than the 8x10, the glass would be placed on the back and should hold in fine with glazing points or similar.

posted by Sharon Lambirth (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-08 18:45

Looking to build a mirror for

Looking to build a mirror for the bath room with this frame layout. Worried about the solid strength of the joints to hold a mirror roughly 3 x 3 feet. What are your thoughts? Of course I will glue every seem and brad nail all connections but do you think this will suffice to throw a mirror into it? Or do you have plans to build a frame for a mirror? Thankyou for your professional website and easy to follow plans.

posted by Anthony Clarke (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 14:17

[...] frame hung from above

[...] frame hung from above the mirror to hold our hand towel. I made it using palette boards and Ana White’s [...]

posted by Bathroom Remodel « the Creative Collage (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-01-07 11:09

Ana, Your blog is my everyday

Ana, Your blog is my everyday gift to myself. I have looked over your plans so many times, I almost know them by heart. So far I have made your tower shelves, easy rustic bench and picture frame(barn wood) shown on this page. Please don't make this blog a stresser for yourself, we would miss you so much if you quit. Relax, enjoy, we do. Love ya, Pam

posted by Pam Allen (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-01-24 10:24

memo board

I just made this frame and am using it for a cute memo board in our laundry room.  This project was super easy and now that I've made this one, my mind is spinning with so many other ways to use this style frame in my home.  Thank you so much for this site!!!  I LOVE it!!

http://allthatriffraff.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-barnwood-frame-memo-board...

posted by arminda (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-03-30 08:52

Sizes

I am trying to make frames in the common sizes, 8x10, 5x7 and 11x13. What length woods will I need? I am afraid to do this....this is my first project. :)

posted by Lindsay (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-05-09 08:39

reply to sizes

Someone correct me if I'm wrong in this, but I think the rule of thumb is to take the length you want to the side to be and add twice the width of the wood. So if your wood pieces are 1 inch wide, and you want the opening to be 8x10 (for example), start with two 10" pieces and two 12" pieces, all mitered down at 45 degree angles on the ends to 8" and 10" respectively, to make the inner square. Work backwards to find the lengths of the outer part (measure your square you've built and apply the same logic to find the lengths needed). Assemble following the plan directions here.

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-08-05 00:23

Hi Ana, I love your site and

Hi Ana, I love your site and feel so grateful to your sharing of many wonderful plans. Just have a question about this one. Maybe I am missing something here, but I am having a hard time nailing the edges together. I just can seem to find an effective way to hold onto the two pieces of wood and then nail them together. Any suggestions for an amateur???

Thanks, Shanda

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-11-21 22:24
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Nailing Corners

Were you able to find a good solution for this? I am planning on trying these tomorrow, and I'm not sure how to hold the two pieces together while nailing.

posted by Tara Kirkland | on Sun, 2011-12-25 22:29

I ended up gluing and

I ended up gluing and clamping the corners, and that was ok. Also thinking that maybe drilling small pilot holes first might help. Or really if u just had someone who could hold the pieces together while you put in the nails would be good too. Good luck!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-12-26 04:25
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Reclaimed window frame

I'm thinking of using this plan to make a reclaimed-looking "window frame" with trim in the middle to make the "panes", but I'm not sure how to attach the trim. I think it might be too small to use a Kreg jig on, and without glass or a mirror to glue the trim to, I'm not sure how to attach it. Any thoughts? I figured you might like the primitive look it gives when hanging on a wall if you'd like to make plans...pretty please?????

posted by lkuchinskas | on Tue, 2011-12-13 18:34

Lovely Frames

I love these barn wood frames of yours. Using reclaimed materials is great, instead of wasting it, right?

posted by AML (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-01-19 08:27

Advice

I tried to put this together without a nail gun...virtually impossible. The forces required to hammer a nail into these small pieces destroys the miters and still fails to get the nails all the way in. Tried 1" angle irons and the screws split the wood. Guess I'll try a new method that I can Kreg or get a nail gun.

posted by Bradske (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-02-16 13:07
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Pilot holes

I have found that by drilling pilot holes using a 1/16" inch bit makes driving finish nails much easier. The bits are very inexpensive and even come with an attachment that fits directly into a cordless screwdriver. I hope that helps.

posted by windjamer812 | on Fri, 2012-03-23 01:39
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Staple Gun

I used a staple gun in the back of the frame (on the corners) to hold it together until the glue dried (not my idea, got it here).  Once the glue had taken it was WAY easier to nail through the corners to make a really strong hold. 

posted by theresalynn | on Wed, 2012-05-23 10:30

tools

I am new to this. I am just getting into making items and am going to start with the laundry dresser but this caught my eye as I need a frame and i am having difficulty finding one that will fit what I am trying to do and especially not break the bank. I don't have a miter saw though I recently acquired a table saw and a router. I have a circular saw as well. Am I able to use any of that in place of the miter saw?

posted by Skydreamer (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-06-07 14:57
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Barnwood Frame

Love this frame! I made it for a 20 x 32" map of the world. Through some trial and error, I figured out some formulas to make it for whatever size you need.

http://www.asimplehaven.com/jillian-michaels-meets-ana-white-bargain-cus...

Jenn at www.asimplehaven.com

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https://www.rebelmouse.com/acnenomorebook/

posted by paulmak1122 | on Tue, 2013-12-31 07:31

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