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lowesguy
06-15-2015, 10:38 PM
Thinking about it,would all be 12"X12"'s need about 8, have the canvas, only need wood,thinking 8',1X2,1/4 round molding, have all the tools and skills, got my wood price under $5 to make 4 12X12's that pretty cheap!
anyone make their own? please share ! :)

airplanz
06-16-2015, 12:06 AM
Thinking about it,would all be 12"X12"'s need about 8, have the canvas, only need wood,thinking 8',1X2,1/4 round molding, have all the tools and skills, got my wood price under $5 to make 4 12X12's that pretty cheap!
anyone make their own? please share ! :)

?!:confused: !?

A 12" X 12" would be twelve inches by twelve inches :eek: , I'm guessing you don't want something that humongous :) . Do you mean 1 1/2" X 1 1/2", that's one and one half inches by one and one half inches. Might be easier to write it 1.5" X 1.5"

Please spell out your round moulding dimensions, I'm unsure of what you're trying to say there. Thanks.


Jim (airplanz)

Valri Ary
06-16-2015, 12:32 AM
NEVER....it is WAY too cheap to purchase ready-made.

Glean
06-16-2015, 10:35 AM
I've been thinking about making my own this summer. I bought a roll of canvas that I'm really enjoying but am un-employed so saving some $ by making my own is very tempting. My last few paintings have been on reclaimed bars which I've taken my old paintings off of and used. That and one which I put on an over sized stretcher that I tacked together with a couple of old 2x4's as an experiment. With the over sized stretcher I did everything myself including cooking rabbit skin glue on a camp fire and found it very satisfying to paint on. Something about putting time into each step of it was a lot of fun. I'm not sure that I'll always do my own from scratch since it dose take up some time that I could be painting, but plan on doing some more since I did find it entertaining from start to finish. If you make your own you should post some pic's of it. I don't have the tools to make the corner joints, so I'm not sure which way I'm going to go with that. I found the over sized stretcher very nice to paint on tho, and might just make a nicer version of that since I don't frame most of my paintings anyway.

lowesguy
06-16-2015, 10:51 AM
Sorry for the confusion, 12X12 is finished dimension of painting,wood for project is Home depot's 1X2 and some 1/4 round.
I know its time consuming,but I'm retired now and have plenty of time!
I sell paintings online and not everyone can afford large 30X30 paintings at over $200 each or have room on their wall,so want to offer affordable 12X12's at $50 or under. I used to do crown moldings and base boards for a living.
What I need now are corner clamps to make it all square. will post pic's soon.

Mike L
06-16-2015, 12:32 PM
You're the Lowes guy and you shop at Home Depot? :lol: :lol:

Love to see a finished stretcher. I can't picture (no pun intended) how the quarter round is used, so I'll be almost holding my breath until you post a couple photos of one or two.

R/Mike

airplanz
06-16-2015, 01:22 PM
Sorry for the confusion, 12X12 is finished dimension of painting,wood for project is Home depot's 1X2 and some 1/4 round.
I know its time consuming,but I'm retired now and have plenty of time!
I sell paintings online and not everyone can afford large 30X30 paintings at over $200 each or have room on their wall,so want to offer affordable 12X12's at $50 or under. I used to do crown moldings and base boards for a living.
What I need now are corner clamps to make it all square. will post pic's soon.

Gotcha now lowesguy, thanks for clarifying :) .

Good points you make on smaller size paintings. In addition, I'd think the lower cost of shipping would be a huge factor in your decision.

Harbor Freight for the corner clamps, maybe?

Best of Luck with your online business :thumbsup:


Jim (airplanz)

idylbrush
06-16-2015, 01:23 PM
I use 1" X 2" pine and bevel one edge. I then create an "L" with another 1" X 2" , glue and finish nail. I then cut to size, miter corners, glue and nail, and assemble with a web clamp. Makes great stretchers.

lowesguy
06-16-2015, 04:31 PM
Curious on how to bevel the edge? I don't have a tool for that other than my power sander.
The 1/4 round is for top side of bar,that gives the bevel. I figure for about $12 worth of wood,already have other component on hand, that will make 8 12X12 frames,that's pretty cheap.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jun-2015/1536000-6a00d8347262dc53ef00e54f4cc4818833-800wi.jpg

Fox_eNova
06-17-2015, 01:04 AM
I DO..

DYI Stretcher frame (http://eharder.com/Art/DIY%20Stretcher%20Frame.html)

Mike L
06-17-2015, 08:39 AM
Thanks for the drawing - informative and well executed! :thumbsup:

If you have a table saw, perhaps ripping the pieces with adequate bevel would remove the need for the extra 1/4 rounds. But, if you don't have a table saw, the 1/4 rounds will have to do.

Do you cut the ends for fit (splines) or are they assembles with a butt joint?

R/Mike

Glean
06-17-2015, 08:49 AM
I remember watching a Youtube vid where the guy used two 1x2's in an L configuration instead of a quarter round. He said it helped keep from warping/twisting. But I think he must have been making larger canvases.

lowesguy
06-17-2015, 09:20 AM
I had to sell my band and table saw 10 years ago when I moved here,had no room for them,now wish I would have kept them:crying:.
but I do still have my compound/miter power saw,I plan on buying the 8" length's of 1X2 and 1/4 round ,nailing and glue them all at once,then mitering the cuts for 12",the corners will be glued and nailed,sadly this method will not allow for stretcher bar keys,but at only 12X12 don't think that will be an issue. again this is an experiment in sales! I sell a heck of a lot more of small affordable paintings than large works, I've sold lots of things on eBay for the last 5 years and you have to cut costs to make profits!

lowesguy
06-18-2015, 10:07 PM
Went to Lowe's today,picked up enough for 8,12X12 frames,also got a bottle of glue,total spent was $13.50, I nailed and glued 1X2 and 1/4,this should give me a 2" gallery wrap. will update soon,have a meet and greet for Tom Petty's lead guitar player Mike Campbell,tomorrow nite, will be presenting this framed abstract to him also!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2015/1536000-IMG_5781.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2015/1536000-IMG_5782.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2015/1536000-IMG_5783.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2015/1536000-IMG_5784.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2015/1536000-IMG_5785.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2015/1536000-IMG_5778.JPG

Lady Carol
06-20-2015, 09:20 AM
I buy them in pieces and then assemble the frame. I believe it is easier that way. Maybe I do not get the satisfaction that you are getting but the end reslt is the same.

tomtex
06-20-2015, 04:25 PM
To really save money on a canvas paint surface, consider using Masonite panel. A 4' X 8' panel costs about 14 bucks at Lowes. It can be cut into 32 panels at 12" X 12" (OK, they actually will be 11 15/16" one way and 11 31/32" the other but who's going to notice). The cost of each panel runs out to about 44 cents each. To get the canvas texture, just permanently glue the canvas to the Masonite using spray glue. This doesn't change the paintability of the canvas, except the surface will be firm instead of springy. As far as I know, the archival quality of this combination is yet to be determined, but I have used it for several years and none of the paintings have yet developed any faults. Ten years and counting. Also, Masonite makes a great surface for fine detailed acrylics.