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theBongolian 07-01-2019 12:37 AM

plywood frame
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plywood frame
I bought some 1x2" poplar and 1x2" pine to make a frame for a 20"x30" painting. It cost $20! So I thought what if I made a frame out of plywood. A 3/4" by 4'x8' sheet of baltic birch plywood runs $60. To make a 20"x30" frame - takes a piece of plywood about 12"x4' - with some waste left over. That breaks down to $8. to make a 20"x30" frame. $8 is less than $20. so I decided to give it a go. But the only plywood I had on hand was some cheap stuff about a 1/2" thick and severely warped because I stowed it wrong. But I thought I'd see what I could make with it - as sort of a test of concept.
since the ply (on left) was too thin, I laminated two thickness together.

Complete ready for the painting. The base is single thickness by 2" wide and trim sits on top of that and is double thickness by 3/4". The blocks with the sticky tape are to raise the painting so it'll be about even with the sides.

side view - I really like the laminated look.

I have to get some wire before I can hang it, but here's a couple shots to get the idea. Two coats of shelac.

considering the cheap/warped ply I had to work with - I'm happy with how it turned out. You'll need a table saw or some way to rip the ply, but the savings is substantial and I really like the look. With the 3//4" baltic birch I won't have to double up the thickness, which will save a lot of work. Next I want to make one where the laminated part is on the front rather than on the side to give a different look.


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