Create a piece of luggage for the wall

Create a piece of luggage for the wall – he frames …

Fred Schneider

I was shopping at a local mall recently when I noticed the luggage shop had just been renovated. While the new design of the store was beautiful, the owner had not yet put anything on the walls. I introduced myself and mentioned I might have an idea that would work perfectly behind the register. The luggage store concept I had in mind centered on a “wall attache,” which would frame the front page of the Wall Street Journal, using Framerica[R]’s Executive Leather[TM].

My first step was to cut Framerica’s BW86093 (Executive Leather) to a rabbet size 11 3/4 by 15 inches. I choose that size to match the folded newspaper. Next, I cut Framerica’s BW74093 (a 2-inch flat profile turned upright in the saw, so the front of the frame is against the saw fence) to the outer dimension of the BW86093. Both frames were then joined (the 86 is joined normally). I kept the 74 turned upright when joining to produce the necessary 2-inch tall frame. The v-nails went through what would usually be the side of the frame, and the lip of the 74 became the back rabbet to place the newspaper into.

In order to attach the two frames together, I placed the BW86093 face down on the table and colored the lip and the 1/4 inch of the back edge (of the 86) with black marker to prevent the light edges from showing between the frames. Next, I stacked the BW74093 on top of the front frame with the lip facing up. Then, working from the back, I attached the two frames together using metal “L” brackets and 3/8-inch screws.

I then put in the Plexiglas and lined the inside rabbet of the 86 with Crescent[R]’s 6989 (Raven Black). I cut the strips 1 3/4 inches wide to create the shadowbox.

The next important step was to build up the space between the matboard lining and the BW74093. I did so using black foam core, which served both to provide support for the shadowbox lining (and for the weight of the newspaper), and to prevent any infiltration of light where the frames were joined together. Next, I finished the job by fitting the newspaper and foamcore into the back rabbet.

To finish off the design, I needed a handle for the top of the frame to create the appearance of a briefcase. A local shoemaker was kind enough to provide one for $15. I then bought brass hardware and screwed the handle into the top of the frame.

The end result is a beautiful wall attache, the perfect design for any luggage store. The store’s owner was thrilled, ordering two more for his other locations.

Fred is a 15-year employee of County Frame in Long Island, N.Y., and has been framing for more than 25 years. If you would like to share your ideas please contact him at (631) 567-8889 or e-mail

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