|Project by SawDustnSplinters||posted 03-30-2009 02:14 AM||3500 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
Well is is funny but with the economy shifting at the last three shows we do in Fredericksburg, Texas we sold more art then furniture. Sign of the times..I guess…so anyway I have all this art on canvas that has stacked up over the years from my Mother’s art gallery in Dallas. Well I took the biggest one around 50” x 27” and went to a local big box hobby lobby and they wanted over 100 bucks to just stretch it on a 3/4” x 1.5 inch pine frame. Well I bought a canvas stretching pliers and a box of 3/8 inch staples and the first one I did was not tight, so I did another one and learned the secret in case any of you might have a need to do this one day.
First, get a pine 2×4, 8 feet long and rip it into 3/4 to 7/8 thick strips, then measure where the width of the painting till it meets the white border and subtract 1/4 inch so the white part does not show around the edges. Cut your strips in mitered sections so the outside of the pine frame is the measurement you took above. Take a roundover bit and rout the edges a little facing the canvas so canvas has something smooth to stretch over . Glue and nail all 4 corners tight and align with the factory edge corners of a sheet of plywood to insure it is square and clamp to sheet till glue dries. Then take your stapler and fold your canvas onto frame and shoot one staple at all 4 compass points while pulling taught with pliers. Then go back to first point and working clockwise pull taught again and shoot a couple of staples and go to next point pull taught, shoot a couple more, etc.. keep going clockwise around and around till you reach corners, fold the corners neatly kind of like an accordion and your done and it will be tight as a drum…
Well I saved 100 bucks and seeing as I have 100 more to do maybe more then that :) Now my next project is to build a nice frame, I will use Mesquite or Pecan and perhaps leave a natural edge, I have not decided yet…any suggestions ? :)
-- Frank, Dallas,TX , http://www.allthingsrustix.com , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”