|Project by Paul Pomerleau||posted 03-15-2011 01:04 AM||1604 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
In the summer of ‘08 I visited Tuktoyaktuk in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
To get there, I had to go through Inuvik.
As luck would have it, it was their 50-year evolution from a cluster of tents to an established northern center.
I picked up a souvenir license plate and thought that I would have to put this in a special place when I get home.
This is when all the problems began… I wanted to make a simple picture frame that would show off this unique plate. Of course I only started collecting wood working tools this past Christmas, so I had very little to operate with at that time. I had some 1×1 pine sticks that I used to stake into the ground to mark a garden location that never materialized. I took a hand saw and cut the 45 degrees using a plastic miter thingy that sits on the edge of a table. I used an xacto knife to cut the rabbets in the wood to accept the backing (you can see the poor cuts on the 3rd picture). I’m not sure what kind of backing that is, either MDF or hardboard. I stapled the backing on, attached a hanger, put some self adhesive felt at each corner so it won’t mark the walls, painted the entire front black. Then I couldn’t figure out how to mount the license plate to the backing. I didn’t want to drill holes for bolts, I even thought about pop rivets… but then I had an idea… I glued some rare earth magnets in the location where the flat spots of the plate would be and simply placed the plate on the magnets. It worked great ! ! !
The last picture shows it proudly displayed in my basement, and as long as no one looks at the back, no one will ever know of my attempt with garden stakes, an xacto knife and a plastic miter thingy to create my “Inuvik Plate Picture Frame”.
-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada