|Forum topic by Spoontaneous||posted 08-14-2010 09:51 PM||1361 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
08-14-2010 09:51 PM
It is not unlike me to get knee deep into a project before I realize that I don’t know what I am doing. This time I’ve managed to get in over my head on two projects simultaneously. I could sure use a bit of direction to see if the first project is salvageable and hopefully some advice for the second project to avoid a similar fate.
The idea for the first project has been bugging me for years and finally I got started on it this spring. The idea was to glue up a panel of wooden match sticks to form a ‘black and white’ mosaic with the burnt ends of the matches providing the black ‘pixels’. After gluing each layer of matches I covered with wax paper and clamped between a board and a table. This was all done on the dining room table (what I call a ‘shop’ these days) and without making excuses I managed to have the whole thing out of plum and out of whack.
When the final layer of the panel was glued and clamped… and sat for a while, it was so crooked that I took it to a friend’s garage and sanded it until it was relatively square. Then I go out of town for work and when I come home it is all warped again!!
So my questions are: Is it possible to ‘unwarp’ it? I am afraid to moisten it as that might break the whole thing apart. I have been trying to reverse bend it with the board and table method but the board and table are the ones that are bending. Is it possible to glue the panel to a plywood backing to keep it from warping more?... or would the bond break from the pressure? My plan was to construct a simple wooden frame around the panel but I fear it would warp along with it. Below is a pic of the out of whack panel and a pic of it after sanding… almost square.
Out of whack…
The second project evolved naturally out of the first: the empty match ‘drawers’ were inverted and painted with acrylics to create another ‘mosaic’ in the form of a ‘painting’. I have about 350 match boxes painted and I think that might be about half way finished to the size I am shooting for. (5’ x 3’). The question here is what could I use as a backer board? I plan to glue the boxes to some sort of panel, plywood, hardboard or what??? that will not warp when I spread the glue…. or even when the humidity changes. The final piece will have a light wooden trim around it, something like you would see framing a canvas. Any suggestions on what to use (and is wood glue the best to glue it down with? Any help here can help this one from becoming warped like the other.
Here is about a 1/4 of the final panel:
Thanks very much for any and all suggestions!!! (Hope these pics show up.)
-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)