My wife would like me to build her a picture frame, but she has some requirements.
- She wants it to look like metal. (She apparently found a spray paint that makes it look metal).
- She wants the visible portion of the frame to be no more than 1/4" wide.
(She basically wants a metal frame, but doesn't want to pay 60$ for it, since it's a custom size)
Now, here's my reservations with this....
- If the visible portion of the frame is 1/4" wide, that means the rabbet holding the picture/glass would be around 1/8" - is this enough material to support the picture/glass?
- Again, if the rabbet is 1/8" - That's REALLY thin material spanning from the front of the frame to the back of the frame. I picture this not being thick enough to prevent breaking.
- I don't know if I have the tools and expertise to cut pieces this thin... A 1/4" piece with a 1/8" rabbet?
My only possible solutions for this:
- Use PVC trim pieces. They may be able to withstand forces better, being only 1/8" thick.
- Build the frame without a rabbet. Use a router and a slot cutting bit to route out a slot in the frame - it doesn't necessarily need to be 1/8" - just enough to keep the picture held in. Fashion a slot at the top of the frame. Instead of setting the picture in from the back, I'd drop it in from the top, which wouldn't be visible.