|Project by CueballRosendaul||posted 04-01-2014 08:53 PM||1222 views||7 times favorited||4 comments|
I wanted a creative way to display a bunch of pictures that didn’t require plugging in a memory card or battery powered digital frame, and I remembered the clear plastic photo cubes my grandmother had when I was a kid. This woodworkers take on that theme involves gluing pictures to a block of wood and applying a clear finish. It encourages people to pick them up and look at all the faces. They will survive any drop or fall off the mantle, and will last forever. I themed each one of my cubes; one for a memorable vacation, one for pets, one for each one of the daughters, etc. Since the photos are applied to the block instead of printed or transferred, the colors are very vivid and come to life with the deep clear coats applied.
I uploaded an instructional video to my YouTube Channel which you can view by clicking HERE.
The wood was from a pallet piece that I cleaned up and cut square. I think it was soft maple, and they are 2.375 square cubes. The photos were printed on my laser printer which is important to know because if you use an ink-jet printer, you’ll have to seal the pics first or the water based finish will run the ink. I glued them to the blocks with Mod Podge which is a big crafters material. I also top coated them with two coats of Mod Podge followed by a spray of satin poly about a month later.
-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.