Barnwood Frames - $1 and 10 minutes

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 13:14
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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:

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!


Shopping List


Common Materials
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
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″

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

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

Step 2

Then do your 13 1/2″ pieces.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

Here are some measurements to guide you.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill your nail holes with putty and finish as desired.
Project Type



Wed, 05/23/2012 - 08:30

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. 

Skydreamer (not verified)

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 12:57

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?

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