Here, as promised, is my step-by-step illustration for how I framed my scratchboard with a floater frame.
- floating frame chopped to required lengths (I buy frame moulding in bulk from a wholesale supplier, then take the measurements to my local framer to make the chops)
- corner and hanging hardware
- wooden strapping for the cradle (1/2" x 1 1/2")
- mitre saw
- foam core board
- ruler, pencil, sand paper, wood glue
- safety goggles, etc.
Here is a cross-section of how a floating frame works:
As you can see from the above, to use a floating frame you have to attach wooden strapping, called a cradle, to the back of the scratchboard. Because you need to glue the cradle to the board, you should do this step before you scratch your image onto the board.
Step one: measure your scratchboard. An 8 x 10 scratchboard isn't actually 8 inches high or 10 inches wide:
As with all other carpentry, measure twice and cut once. Cut two mitred pieces of your wooden strapping for the length of the board and two mitred pieces for the width.
Step two is glue: Once you have the four pieces cut, get out your wood glue and use a brush to apply the glue to all four pieces of the cradle. Place them on the back of the board.
Step three: Align the edges and sides, and then clamp or place weights on the cradle to hold it in place while the glue dries.