illustration of man sizing picture frame pieces
Illustration: Harry Bates
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Making a Picture Frame: Step 2

2. It only takes one piece with a slightly incorrect length to throw off the entire frame. So here's the trick: After you cut the miters for two opposite sides, check their length by putting the long edges together. Both ends should line up exactly, otherwise the joints won't be tight. This technique is faster and a lot more accurate than trying to measure each piece.
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