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Floating picture frames really lend themselves well to canvas art. They're relatively simple to build and can be as fancy as you like.

What follows are a pair of frames that I built for my wife and her cousin after an art class that they attended. There are no "plans" for this build as frame sizes are dependent on the size of the artwork.

There's a full build video that should fill in any gaps that I missed in the write-up.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

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  • Table Saw - With dado stack - (can also be done at the router table)
  • Jointer
  • Planer
  • Miter Sled (Optional) See previous Instructable
  • Band Clamp
  • Random Orbit Sander
  • Drill / Screw Driver


  • 4/4 Lumber of choice
  • 4/4 Dark lumber of choice

Lumber selections will be discussed in a future step.

imerrymary3 months ago
I love thisl. I realized recently that all of my newer wall art is 'frameless' - just canvas stretched over a wooden frame - very sleek and modern, but not really beautiful. This really elevates the look. I do like hanging these open back pieces from a nail or two so they hang flush with the wall. Is there any reason you couldn't install your hanging wire to the inside of the frame so it would hang flush? Maybe it could be done at the same time as the screws are countersunk to avoid damaging the canvas art?
KevsWoodworks (author)  imerrymary3 months ago
Thanks! Depending on the chosen material for the back portion of the frame, the wire could definitely be hung there. If you decide to use plywood or partical board, I don't think that would hold up to the weight of the frame and canvas. You should be fine with hardwoods though.
I love real wood, especially exotics - no particle board or plywood. I'll start checking the salvage shops for a board that'll do all of my unframed canvas. I hope mine turn out as well as yours since my tools are basic.
balogG13 months ago
Very nice job, but I am afraid if anyone has a workshop like you, he don't need a instructable like this. :-)
KevsWoodworks (author)  balogG13 months ago
Thanks, I'm very fortunate to have the shop that I do but, it certainly doesn't take a shop like that to produce these frames. Provided you have flat/square lumber and a way to cut rabbets and clean miters, anyone can make these.
Yeah, I am working mostly with steel. I have lathe, milling machine and so on...
JoniS313 months ago
Very nice job on these frames. I am sure you will have other people wanting one.
KevsWoodworks (author)  JoniS313 months ago
Thank you, I'm sure there will be more requests as well.
I love floating frames around canvas artwork and these look really great! Thank you for posting this project and sharing so many great tips on the frame finishing and artwork installation. :)
KevsWoodworks (author)  WeTeachThemSTEM3 months ago
Thank you for the kind words!