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Old 11-09-2019, 09:44 PM
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Framing a large canvas

Hello, all. Posting this here as this forum seems to get more traffic and my question is time-sensitive.

I have had a painting accepted in a juried art show, and now I need to build a frame. It's 48" x 60", and I am wondering if I can just build a frame like I built the stretcher bars, with mitered corners, and screw it into the painting itself (through the stretched canvas).

Any thoughts on the best way to do this? I did a search and didn't see anything.

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Old 11-10-2019, 06:40 AM
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Re: Framing a large canvas

I've seen people using furring strips to frame canvases that size. It's cut to size and nailed to the edge of the canvas. Mitered corners would certainly elevate the frame.
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Re: Framing a large canvas

What you suggested will work nicely, as will a frame created with butt joints and mounted the same way.

Another method of attaching art to frame, depending on thickness of stretchers, might be pocket hole joinery so the screws aren't visible.

Being a life-long wood worker, my concern would be laying out the frame pieces for assembly. My shop is pretty small so I'd have to find a suitable surface (3/4" plywood cut just over-sized might work) that is not only large enough for the layout/assembly, but flat, too.

Hope you'll return and show us what you ended up doing with this project.
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Old 11-10-2019, 06:24 PM
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Re: Framing a large canvas

I will miter the corners; I have a chop saw and made the stretcher bars myself, so this is definitely in the realm of my experience.

Thanks for the tips on the furring strips. Other wood of that type (craft quality but a little heavier, like select pine or oak) only comes in 48" lengths.

I wonder if, for a painting of this size, a 1" x 2" might be better. A more substantial frame for a larger painting.

Thoughts?
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Old 11-10-2019, 06:26 PM
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Re: Framing a large canvas

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Being a life-long wood worker, my concern would be laying out the frame pieces for assembly. My shop is pretty small so I'd have to find a suitable surface (3/4" plywood cut just over-sized might work) that is not only large enough for the layout/assembly, but flat, too.

I have two folding tables in my studio that I used as a work surface when I made my stretcher bars. I was going to use those, or just the floor (which is where I stretched the canvas). It's not ideal, but they are level and worked fine.
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Re: Framing a large canvas

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I will miter the corners; I have a chop saw and made the stretcher bars myself, so this is definitely in the realm of my experience.

Thanks for the tips on the furring strips. Other wood of that type (craft quality but a little heavier, like select pine or oak) only comes in 48" lengths.

I wonder if, for a painting of this size, a 1" x 2" might be better. A more substantial frame for a larger painting.

Thoughts?

I would also consider using 1"x3" to set your painting a bit more off the wall and give it more presence. Since your painting is on stretched canvas and not panel, the extra weight I don't think would be a problem.
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Re: Framing a large canvas

You might consider frame corner braces and or a bracer bar across the frame especially if it will get handled much by people that do not understand how to handle large frames.
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You might consider frame corner braces and or a bracer bar across the frame especially if it will get handled much by people that do not understand how to handle large frames.


that so true even with smaller art, I could not go and put my paintings in an art show so i had a friend take them. I find out all my art was rejected. Didn't know why as these people had given me a one man show one time and say they love my art. Well I went to get my art and when I got them the fasteners that hold the painting in the frames was all loose and ready to fall out. I guess the person who brought my painting to the show had stack them and may even put other stuff on top of the paintings to loosen the fasteners at lest that what i think happen as the people of the show would not tell me.
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Re: Framing a large canvas

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I will miter the corners; I have a chop saw and made the stretcher bars myself, so this is definitely in the realm of my experience.

Thanks for the tips on the furring strips. Other wood of that type (craft quality but a little heavier, like select pine or oak) only comes in 48" lengths.

I wonder if, for a painting of this size, a 1" x 2" might be better. A more substantial frame for a larger painting.

Thoughts?




We have a Menards locally here. I can get 8' length 1x2 of Ash, Aspen, Maple, Red Oak and Poplar from them. They sell 1/4 and 1/2 sheets of hardboard too. The Lowe's and Home Depot here have a much more limited selection of 8' lengths. Basically only Pine and Poplar, with everything else in 4' and 2' foot lengths.

You might also try some of your local lumber yards. I know most of them will rip wider lumber to whatever width you need. They will charge some for this and probably won't rip really narrow pieces (think less than 3/4").
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Re: Framing a large canvas

If you are going to paint the frame -- home depot sells pine "finger-joint" 1x2's etc. These are pine strips that have been glued and comes painted white.

The good thing about them is they are very straight and true, something almost impossible to find in longer links of pine or poplar in their store.
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