Large Mural

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Project by jm64 posted 01-22-2011 04:37 AM 1635 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The art teacher at my daugher’s elementary school wanted two large murals. The guidelines she gave me:
  • two murals, each eight feet high by 12 feet long
  • would be painted in a classroom and then transported to the stage

I decided I needed something stable, relatively light that could be disassembled easily, and transported through the classroom door.

After trying a couple of different designs on paper I decided on a two part frame. Each piece of the frame is 6 feet wide by 7.5 feet tall. The frame is built from 3/4 inch birch plywood cut in 4 inch wide strips. The frame is designed so that the edge of each panel will meet over a horizontal frame member. The base is 2 feet wide and the frame is held upright with 45 degree supports in the back

The frame, base, and supports are joined with pocket screws and glue. The two pieces of the frame lock together using two “Align-N-Lock” pieces of hardware from Rockler intended to hold two table halves together.

The panels are 1/4 inch birch plywood. Three brackets on the back of each panel slide over the frame.

-- Joe, Cumming, GA

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#1 posted 01-22-2011 04:57 AM

Sounds and looks like you have a good plan. I like using 1/4 ply for murals It’s smooth and light! at one time wood was the canvas to use for painting like the Mona Lisa she was painted on a large piece of poplar It was repaired with butter flies Inn the back to keep from breaking. thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 01-22-2011 02:15 PM

Great, kids will need some stilts.
Another fun project.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 01-22-2011 06:48 PM

Fine woodwork, but more importantly, great support of your daughter and her school.

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#4 posted 01-25-2011 05:50 AM

Thanks. A friend helped me deliver the first one Sat. and the art teacher was happy so I’m happy.

-- Joe, Cumming, GA

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