Width: This measurement is from the inside edge to the outside edge of the face of the frame style.
Rabbet: This measurement is the inside cavity depth of the frame.
Height: The same dimension as the Rabbet, but includes the portion above the lip. The height specifies how far off the wall the frame will protrude.
Lip: The lip is the portion of the frame that hangs over the edge of the item being framed. Typically not specified because the lip is a near standard 1/4" on all frame styles
Note: If you wish your custom frame to be made to a specific visible area or outer frame size rather based on your image size, specify in the special instructions box on the cart page that the dimensions being ordered is intended to be the desired visible area or desired outer frame size.
Custom Frame Assembly
Lay the custom frame lengths face down on a flat surface.
Apply a light coating of wood glue on the frame ends, then align each frame corner and insert the included thumbnail inserts into the routed slots. Lightly tapping in with a hammer if necessary. Note that the actual shape of the inserts resembles more an H or a bow tie.
Gently turn the frame over so it is lying flat on its back. Ensure corners are tight, wipe off any excess glue and allow it to set. For assembling heavy frames or framing very heavy objects, such as mirrors, reinforce the back frame corners using thin L shaped steel angle brackets that can be acquired from a local hardware store for a few dollars per set.
Securing Frame Contents
Glazier Points are used for securing frame contents that are recessed within the frame cavity.
With the frame facing down and all the contents loaded into the frame, take one glazier point and place the flat bottom side on the back of the foam board.
Use a flat head screw driver to push against the two prongs so that the pointed edge of the glazier point goes into the side wall of the frame. If the wood is hard, you can apply pressure side to side to rock the pointy part into the side wall of the frame.
Repeat with a glazier point positioned every 10 to 12 inches around the perimeter of the frame.
Turnbuttons w/ screws
Turnbuttons w/ screws are used for securing frame contents that are flush (level) with the back of the frame.
With the frame facing down and all the contents loaded into the frame, take a turn button and place it on the frame edge such that the arm of the turn button hangs over the frame contents.
Insert a screw through the turn button hole and into the frame.
Repeat with a turn button positioned every 10 to 12 inches around the perimeter of the frame.
Canvas clips are used for securing stretcher bars (stretched canvas artwork) that may protrude out of the frame cavity in the back.
Gently insert double-pronged end of the canvas clip between wood frame and stretcher bar.
Firmly push the canvas clip into position over the stretcher bar.
Repeat on each side of the frame (larger frames may require more than one canvas clip per side).
Offset Clips w/ Screws
Offset clips are usually used to secure stretched canvas to a floater frame
With the stretched canvas loaded into the front of the floater frame, take an offset clip and position it so that one hole is behind the wooden frame and the other is above the wooden stretcher bar of the stretched canvas and insert screws into both holes to secure in place
Repeat on each side of the frame (larger frames may require more than one offset clip per side)
Sawtooth Hangers are used to hang small or lightweight framed artwork
With the framed artwork facing down, secure a sawtooth hanger to the top center of the frame back.
Hang the frame by positioning the center notch over a nail or screw placed on the wall.
D-Rings w/ Braided Wire
D-Rings with braided wire are used for hanging medium to large sized framed artwork.
With the framed artwork facing down, screw in a loophole hanger on either side of the frame, roughly 3/4 of the way up.
Thread both ends of the braided wire through each of the loophole hangers and wrap approximately 6" of each end of the wire over and around itself a minimum of five times.
Position the center of the arched-braided wire over a wall hanger and adjust until centered.
For very large or heavy frames, you can hook each loop hole hanger directly onto a wall hanger instead of using one wall hanger with braided wire.