Plywood painting frame

DIY Plywood painting frame
Had this painting for some time bought by wife from Vietnam which is very famous for its oil paining art.
As the painting came in a role the first job was to stretch the canvas on the frame. For this I used 1.5" x 24mm plywood beading , it was created by gluing together two 12mm plywood strips.  I used a basic tacker to stretch the Canvas . The best way is to start tacking from the centre of frame and move towards the corners. Doing this makes the canvas stretch properly without any sagging.
DIY Plywood painting frame
Cutting thin Plywood pieces 12mm x 12mm
Testing on small piece

The painting was fairly large of about 31" x 31" dimension. I wanted the framing to be cost effective yet innovative so decided to use Plywood. I have used 12mm plywood and red Sal beading to make the frame.
My initial plan was to buy a wooden board and cut my own beading from it, but on enquiring with the local timber yard I discovered that the beading costs less then buying a plank .
The  cost of the beading was Rs 2 /ft which is very cheap as red Sal costs Rs1450 per cubic feet.
Beading that was available was 28mm wide and I needed 45mm for the frame so had to cut and glue two of them together to get the desired thickness. For this I used my table saw.
DIY Plywood painting frame
Gluing plywood pieces

The plywood which I have used was a commercial grade, cost was Rs 56 /feet. It was cheap and have lot of imperfections.
As you can see from the above image the plywood strips have lot of gaps, so have to do quite a bit of hole filling and sanding.
I have used my trim router mounted on a base with round over bit to round the corners of the beading.
DIY Plywood painting frame

DIY Plywood painting frame
Holes filled and sanded
DIY Plywood painting frame
Rabbet cut on table saw

DIY Plywood painting frame
Rounding edges on router
DIY Plywood painting frame
Gluing edge beading

Cutting through table saw makes thing much easier and most importantly under control. I would suggest before you get into serious wood working make sure you have a good table saw setting.
I have converted one of my old table to Table saw. I will be will be covering the process of making the table saw through another post as I am still working on it.
Below is the picture of 45° cut through table saw.
DIY Plywood painting frame
Cutting miter on table saw
The last and the most important part was finishing. I used a Wood stain and then the final finishing through bee wax along with orange oil. This bee wax is from Indonesia but I am sure locally also wax polishes will be available. If you cannot find Bee wax you can also use lacquer. 
DIY Plywood painting frame
Polish and stain
I also framed the below set of paintings through a much simpler process. I used Teak beading 1cm for the frame and used stain and Shellac for finishing.
You can choose the side boarder width depending upon the need of your painting.

DIY painting frame
Go ahead and frame something a painting , a picture or any kind of art.
Feel free to check with me if any doubt...All the Best!

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  1. Excellent post. Closeups of the frames done with simpler process would have been nice.

    How to get started? You seem to have many power tools. Is that a necessity for a beginner?

    1. Hi Shiv,

      I had tried to take the close-up images but could not get good result with the camera i have.
      This frame is very big, it took lot of time to take the cover image of the frame.
      even after taking the image i had to correct the image with software to remove the camera perception and make the image square due to this some image quality was lost.

      I would suggest you to start with small projects and make plans how you will be executing it and the tools you might need. Power tools are not necessary you can use hand tools. I use power tools as they make work easy,
      save time and give better results.