How to Make a Picture Frame Stand

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Picture frames are used to display our most cherished memories, from wedding photos to family portraits to shots of our favorite vacation spots. While some frames don't come with a stand, it’s fairly easy to create your own in a matter of minutes using a few simple materials that can be purchased at any home improvement store. This way, you can quickly turn a wall-mounted frame into something that will sit on almost any flat surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden frame (at least 1 inch wide and 2 inches thick)
  • 3/8-inch dowel rod
  • Electric drill
  • 3/8-inch rabbeting bit
  • Saw
  • Remove the glass and contents from the frame.

  • Attach the rabbeting bit to the electric drill.

  • Drill a 3/8-inch rabbet into the back of the picture frame about a 1/2 inch deep. The rabbet should be in the center at the bottom of the frame. Make sure there is at least 1/4 inch of frame all around the rabbet.

  • Saw the dowel rod down to 3 inches long.

  • Insert the dowel rod into the rabbet.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have a thin or metal frame, use hot glue to attach the dowel rod to the back panel.
  • Paint or stain the dowel rod the color of the frame to help it blend in.
  • Always wear safety equipment such as goggles and gloves when using electric drills and saws.

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