|Project by sandflea||posted 03-14-2008 05:53 PM||2112 views||5 times favorited||7 comments|
My sister-in-law asked me to build this frame. Her husband had put together some pictures they had taken into one very large panoramic and she wanted to hang it over their bed. She had some very specific dimensions to get the look she was after. The frame stock had to be 1” thick by 3” wide and she wanted it made of pine and then painted black. Well, since she wanted the a true 1×3 I couldn’t use regular 1×3’s from the local big box store. When I made this I had just recently picked up a thickness planer so I decided to buy 1×4’s and rip them into 1 1/4” strips, turn them on their side, and then clue them into a 3 1/4” wide piece. After the glue dried and the squeeze out was scraped off I ran them through the planer to get them down to the final 1×3 measurement she wanted.
The frame measures 8 feet across by 18 inches high. Given the large size I felt the need to reinforce the miters more than I normally would. I used a #20 biscuit at each miter and also a 16gauge finishing nail set horizontally to help hold the weight. She wanted the whole thing given a matte-black spray paint finish. Not my favorite coloring material. After giving the frame 3 or 4 coats of spray paint I very lightly went over it with 320 grit sandpaper to even out the finish and then put two or three coats of a satin spray-on poly to give the paint a little wear resistance.
Given that the frame would be over their bed that their kids like to jump on they opted for plexiglass in case someone knocked it down. I didn’t like that idea at first until I called for a quote on an 8 foot piece of glass. Then plexiglass seemed great. Also, it would be lighter.
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