|Project by rance||posted 06-27-2012 06:25 AM||1910 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
There are a group of us that show some of our work at a gallery and we have pedestals that we built and use. I was asked by a friend if I could build him one for a bronze statue with a marble base.
Most of these are built as a simple 2×2 frame, screwed together. Then hardboard(masonite) is used to cover the frame. The corners are rounded(1/4” radius), joint compound applied to cover brad nail holes & any cracks. Lastly, they are sprayed white. Obviously there is some sanding involved throughout the process.
Since he was putting something larger than what we normally place on these, I went with 3/16” rather than the normal 1/8” hardboard. I beefed up the top and bottom of the frame(evident in pic #4). In this one I also added a cleat across the center of the top for a little extra support(seen in pic #4), and I’m glad I did. As it turns out, the statue and base as they were shipped to him, came in at 200 lbs. I know that some of that was packing, but the marble base was almost 4” thick.
This was also the first project that I was able to use an HVLP spray unit(not mine). The guy who’s shop I spend a lot of time at is leading me along in the area of spray finishing. I love the gun that he uses. It is one of the Apollo units. I’m in the process of putting together a spray system for myself. I sure like using his gun until I get mine going.
These are great for showcasing workpieces.
-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--