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Forum topic by depictureboy posted 10-29-2009 02:57 PM 2449 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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depictureboy

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10-29-2009 02:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing

I have a shadow box I am making that has plexiglass set in a groove along the inside, so its basically trapped by the frame. My question is how do you guys finish something like this? On my other 2 shadowboxes I did for my daughters, i glued up 3 sides, partially finished all the pieces then glued them together and put the poly on once it was assembled. I wasnt able to keep all the poly off the plexi, so i wasnt really happy with the way it turned out; though you cant really see it.

Now I am thinking that I could use painters tape along the edges of the plexi…but really I wanted to see how more experienced people did this…

I am planning on staining and then finishing with a varnish mix…

thanks all.

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#1 posted 10-29-2009 04:25 PM

Looks like a job for 3M Blue Tape Man!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-29-2009 05:42 PM

no I havent skinned it yet, so that is one of my options I suppose…And yes lew, I had thought about taping along the edges, I was just hoping maybe some old timer had some pearls of wisdom :)

When I was first designing it I was actually going to have the from beading be seperate from the entire case, by cutting it off the front of the sideboards then rabbet it then attach it to the front, but I got lazy…

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#3 posted 10-29-2009 05:48 PM

I honestly would recommend using real glass instead of plexi. You can scrape any finish off of it with a razor blade scraper and it won’t scratch like Plexi will over time.

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#4 posted 10-29-2009 09:08 PM

yea i thought about that too interpim…but i was concerned about breakage because of trapping it in the frame…If I was still doing the detached front, I would have done that…

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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#5 posted 10-30-2009 12:35 AM

I agree with the glass idea just make sure it’s tempered glass. More costly but worth it.

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