|Project by cjones||posted 05-15-2010 09:22 PM||3876 views||5 times favorited||10 comments|
Here is a present I just finished and gave to my step-dad. We’re both big fans of Calvin and Hobbes, and this seemed the perfect father-son type gift.
The frame is from one board of wenge that I bought off a guy for a great price in Boulder who was clearing out his shop before moving. I wanted a handsome wood, and I think the dark tones in the wood go well with the black lines of the comic strip. Overall dimensions are 27 7/8” x 20 1/4”. It turned out a lot heavier than I thought it would—I had to beef up the hanging mechanism. I spent a lot of time on Sketchup finagling the dimensions, only to have the comic print bigger than expected. I still think it works, though, for sure.
For a finish, I cleared the oils with acetone and applied a clear wax.
A note about the glass: So Micheal’s wanted me to pay $36 for a piece of ~12” x 16” glass. Instead, I went to the local flea market and bought the cheapest framed print with glass that was bigger than 12×16 and cut it down. The print (which was awfully ugly and trashed along with it’s cheap frame) cost me $2.00. Even if you include the ~$16 glass cutter from Hobby Lobby that I bought years ago and have used on many projects, I still came out way ahead.
-- Living well is the best revenge.