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How to Construct a Wood and Tin Picture Frame (page 2 of 2)

Scrap materials find new life! Craft an old wood and antique stamped-tin picture frame.

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  • Time

    Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

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Step 4: Sand and Stain the Frame

Sand and stain the frame prior to installation of stamped tin inserts. Hand sand with course grit sandpaper (60-80 grit) to preserve the rugged, reclaimed wood texture. Vacuum clean.

Test the stain on a sanded piece of scrap frame wood to confirm the intended tone before applying to the frame. Apply stain and use a rag to wipe off excess stain. Apply as many coats as needed for the desired tone.

Step 5: Insert the Stamped Tin

Hand cut the stamped tin with tin snips so that it will fit snugly into the recessed frame. Cut all four tin inserts before attaching.

Builder's Tip: When cutting the stamped tin, there is a tendency for the tin to warp or "potato chip." Before gluing the tin in place, set it into the recessed frame and flatten it down to fit snugly.

Apply heavy-duty construction adhesive to the recessed portion of the frame, being careful not to drip adhesive onto the stained face of the frame. Insert the cut stamped tin. Use small finishing nails and a nail set to secure the tin in place. Put weights on each stamped tin insert to secure it to the wood. Allow 24 hours to cure.

Step 6: Spray the Frame with Polyurethane Sealer

The stamped tin paint is old and highly brittle. To prevent the lead-based paint from chipping off, apply one or two thin coats of satin polyurethane spray to the entire frame. This will seal the project. Allow the project to dry before attaching a picture frame hanger.

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