|Project by Dave Owen||posted 02-19-2012 09:34 PM||1150 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
Since making my psaltery several years ago, I’ve not had a good place to keep it. After making some eighteen quilt squares, I decided to make a pair of frames – one for two of the quilt squares, and the other for the psaltery and its bow.
The frames are mahogany, and each is about 14-1/2” x 28-1/4” x 2-1/2” deep. The back is 1/2” plywood, covered with a fine textured, black canvas. I used 3M Super 77 spray adhesive, rolling the canvas down tight as you would for plastic laminate.
The two quilt squares are ‘floated’ on a 4” x 4” piece of 3/4” MDF – glued first to the back of the quilt squares, and then screwed to the back board. The view taken from the side shows that the faces of the squares are about flush with the face of the frames.
To keep the psaltery secure, yet removable, I countersunk two 3/8” rare earth magnets and matching cups into the maple tuning pin block. Installed on the inside back are two steel ‘connector’ bolts in alignment with the magnets to keep it from falling out. A thin mahogany shelf takes the weight of the psaltery. The large end of the bow is held in place in a similar fashion with a pair of magnets.
Each of the frames are held in place on the wall by heavy-duty picture hangers – one for the quilt squares, and three (one upper and two lower) for the one containing the psaltery.
The final two photos are close-ups of the upper and lower square, and the color on those is much more true than the earlier photos.
-- Dave O.