How to Frame a Picture/Equipment required

Equipment suggested for picture framing edit

  • Sharp pencil (2B recommended, as it will leave clear sharp lines)
  • Notebook (for recording colours for matboard, frame types and measurements - and for calculating costs)
  • Retractable tape measure
  • Metal ruler
  • Sharp knife
Retractable snap-off bladed knife works well.

Frame cutting and assembly edit

  • Mitre saw, or guillotine
  • Bounding tape thing
  • Corner tacking gun, with tacks

Glass cutting edit

  • Oil filled glass cutter
  • Cotton gloves

Mat cutting edit

  • Square and rightangle ruler based cutter
Note: a ruler and a knife just doesn't cut it ;)

Advanced stuff edit

Sample mat board collection edit

Storage edit

Mat board edit

The spare mat board is easy to store in an old map drawer cabinet. These can be often be picked up at ex-government furniture stores.

Glass edit

Frame material edit

Standing against the wall, or up in the rafters.