Sunday, April 30, 2017

Graduate Picture Frame and Tassel Holder Project

My son is graduating from high school this year, so I made him a Graduation Picture Frame and Tassel holder.  Check out the video below and download my template if you know a 2017 graduate who deserves one.


The picture and glass are held in by a thin mitered frame in contrasting wood.  I used a plywood backer board and hot glue to secure the picture.

The Carmichael Workshop Graduation Picture Frame and Tassel Holder

I used a brass cuphook to hang the tassel.  Pre-drilling a small hole into the wood was a little tricky, but made screwing in the hook really easy.

The Carmichael Workshop Graduation Picture Frame and Tassel Holder

Drill small starter holes in each letter and number, then cut them out with a scroll saw.  I used a #3 blade, which cut through the maple nicely leaving a smooth finish.  If you have a graduate from another year, just use MS Word to print the year and replace the 2017.

The Carmichael Workshop Graduation Picture Frame and Tassel Holder

This was a fun project that was easy to complete in a weekend.  If you would like to make one of these for your graduate, please subscribe to my newsletter and download the template below.  When printing the template, select the ACTUAL SIZE option in printer settings to maintain scale.  Have fun!


The Carmichael Workshop Graduation Picture Frame and Tassel Holder

11 comments:

  1. Neat frame Steve - thanks for sharing this with us and congratulations to Nicholas

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  2. Sweet frame Steve, definitely something I'll build for my graduating cousin this year. Slight problem, however, the scaling is a bit off. I read 4 23/32 between the solid line for cutting out the picture. Any chance that can be fixed? I'm not sure I can do that on the fly and not mess up the layout of the text below the picture.

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    1. Hi - Glad you can use the template. Mine prints at exactly 5"x7". Make sure you select ACTUAL SIZE in your printer settings instead of the FIT or SHRINK TO PAGE options. Those will throw it off every time. Thanks, Steve...

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    2. Thanks for the reply Steve. I've tried everything to get it to print out scaled correctly. I printed out a pdf ruler as a test and it prints at the correct scale, so there's something about this file that my printer/computer just doesn't like. I like the layout so I may it open up in a pdf editor and see if I can tweak it to print out right, scaling both the picture cutout, frame and text to get them to line up correctly.

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    3. Hi again, Steve. I got it to print out correctly, seems the problem is with my system somewhere -- I'll be reporting that as a bug later on. If I print directly from Inksape, it's scaled correctly, but anything else, even after a print preview in Inkscape, and it's off by a few 32nds. This is on Linux, any printing on my Windows box is fine.

      Off to the shop now, graduation is only a few weeks away.

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  3. Hi Steve,
    Great Project! - Can you give me the exact part number and brand of Blade you used on the scroll saw for this frame? - Thanks

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    1. Hi Peter - I believe it was an Olson #3. I just use whatever blade is on the saw at the time, as long as it cuts ok.

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  4. Thank you for this pattern. My daughter is going to make this for her mother for Mother's day. She just completed a college degree that life had distracted her from years ago.

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    1. That's great David! Thanks for sharing that with me. Congratulations to your daughter AND her parents for a job well done!

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    2. My wife is the graduate. Not sure my last post made that clear.

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