Measuring up a creative presentation – fred’s framing corner – Brief Article

Measuring up a creative presentation – fred’s framing corner – Brief Article – Column

Fred Schneider

Over the years, many customers have asked me to design frames or shadowboxes for their collectibles. A recent customer requested a shadowbox for his entire collection of rulers. To make the overall design more interesting, I decided to shape the box like a T-square.

To create the frame, I used Framerica’s Boxer moulding (one #91015 and two #93015s). The overall size of the frame was approximately 36 by 58 by 3 1/8 inches. All cuts were 45-degree miter cuts, making it easy to use a v-nailer to join them. To cut the two inside angles where the top section of the “T” connects to the bottom section of the “T,” I simply put the moulding in the saw backwards. (The front of the moulding was facing the fence.) I cut all three frames at the same time, making sure to cut a 91015 and two 93015s of each measurement before changing my saw guide for the next leg of the frame.

Next, I joined the inside miters (where the top section of the “T” connects to the bottom section of the “T”), then joined the rest of the frames. After all three separate frames were joined in the shape of Ts, I stacked them to create the desired depth and secured them with CornerWeld[TM] glue. I then cut an acrylic sheet and fit it into the front of the shadowbox.

To finish the inside of the box, I lined the sides with 1/8-inch foam-core and black matboard mounted together. I made sure to use a 45-degree cut where the top section of the “T” connects to the bottom section of the “T.”

For the back of the box, I cut 1/4-inch plywood to the appropriate size. I then removed the left and right sides with a circular saw to fit the “T” shape. Finally, I covered the plywood with black matboard and attached the rulers. (For items of value, always use conservation methods to attach items.)

The result was both simple and beautiful. I could measure my customer’s delight by the size of his smile.

Fred Schneider is a 14-year employee of Country 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 Fred@CountyFrame.net

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