Photo Display Blocks with Instructional Video

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Project by CueballRosendaul posted 118 days ago 712 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 117 days ago

Good idea Matt. Simple and usefull. Thanks.

-- Our lives are marked and bound together by concentric rings. Martín - Argentina

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#2 posted 114 days ago

Way neat idea Matt

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#3 posted 111 days ago

Great idea, like the cool concept of the cube. Fun addition on the mantle. Great job!

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#4 posted 110 days ago

Matt, I had a cube like your grandmother’s. Those of course allowed you to slide pictures into, and out of, the sides. If you could envision a way to use “pockets” that could hold pictures instead of adhesive on pictures, then it would be more practical, I think. You could update them, give them away as gifts, etc. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with what you are doing.

My dad made some small ones for his Pinochle friends that had the 4 suits (spaces, etc.) on 4 sides, with decoration on the other sides. He cut them out of playing cards. Purpose was to remind players what was trump. He said it was sort of embarrassing (that they couldn’t remember…).

Bill Whig

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