Framing Heisenberg

Posted: October 27, 2014 in DIY
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So finally I got my shit together over the Halloween bank-holiday weekend and took a trip out to B & Q to buy the necessaries to frame this Breaking Bad canvas printed on Stu’s A3 plotter a few months back.


 ITEMS REQUIRED:

Canvas Print
Wood (25mm * 25mm * 2400mm)
Tenon Saw
Staple Gun
Masking Tape (Or spare hands)
Drill
Drill Bits (2mm & 4mm)
4 Screws (M3 * 40mm)
Wood Glue
Phillips Screwdriver
Scalpel
4 Cupáin Tae


 Steps:

Chop up the sticks to suit the canvas size.  Make sure the frame is smaller than the actual image size to allow the image wrap around the sides of the frame.  If your image size is 1000mm2 then your frame size should be 1000mm – 25mm – 25mm = 950mm2

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Here I have used masking tape to clamp the corners and hold the frame together while I drill holes so that I can add the screws.

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For the holes you want to use the 2mm drill bit and drill through the corner to a depth greater than 40mm or whatever screw length you are using.  Change over to the 4mm bit and expand the hole in the horizontal piece only, all the way through.

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I added some wood glue to the joint before driving in the screw.  No need to countersink first as the wood is soft so I just drove the head into the wood until flush.  Sign and date the frame (only do this if you’re famous)

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Next up is applying the canvas to the frame, It’s pretty easy once you get the first edge aligned up right and tacked down.  After the first long edge tackle the opposite edge, pull the canvas tight before stapling so that the spring in the wood can keep the image taught.

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Next tackle the corners trying to keep them tidy before finishing off the last 2 sides, again pulling the canvas tight while stapling to prevent the image from sagging.  Once all the stapling is done use a scalpel to trim off the excess canvas.

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After an hours work you get the finished result below.  I sprayed the canvas with clear matt lacquer to protect it, once it dries you can’t tell its been applied.

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That be that!

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