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Old 06-13-2013, 04:40 PM   #16
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Thicker foam core would be fairly stable if you supported it. Masonite is another possibility. Foam core would drop some weight.

I am still worried about a piece of glass near 6' long but I guess it is no worse than a large mirror? Have you priced plex or is it just not something you want to consider?

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I'll need to buy about a full sheet of acryllic to do the plexi route. A .118 sheet is $95, a .220 sheet is $170.
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I'll need to buy about a full sheet of acryllic to do the plexi route. A .118 sheet is $95, a .220 sheet is $170.
I bet glass would be cheaper....for that price you could even get it tempered.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:55 AM   #19
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Not the battleship, but another piece of framing I've been working on:

I took an 8' strip of poplar scrap, that measured 3/4" x 1-7/16" - perfect size for a picture frame. Put a dado blade on the table saw set for 1/4" and raised it up high enough to take all but about a 1/4" of material. Normal mitered corners, clamped with corner clamps and titebond II.



Before any sanding (back side):


Added some filler to the miters, just to make sure they weren't vixible, sanded by hand with 150 and 220. Hit it with a coat of black primer this morning, followed by a coat of black satin. Glass is from Menard's, 18x24 for $6. Matting is from Michael's, a big sheet is $15 and enough for me to do a few pictures. The only thing is that I can't cut the mat with a bevel by hand - ordered a mat cutter from eBay to recut the inside edges.

Finished for now, an original 1947 map of all the U.S. Military bases:
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I like that.....nice job. You got the black finish perfect. You see just enough of the grain to know it's real wood....but the frame does not take away from the map.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:28 PM   #21
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Well, it's been over three months, so let me lump together a bunch of stuff into a single post. This might seem a little jumbled, as it's some copy-paste updates from another forum. I decided to just do a simple black frame. Basically 2x3 size wood with a beveled inner edge. That's it, nothing fancy.


Here are the updates along the way:

Acquired a WWII aircraft spotter ID card.



Got the 1902 map of Martinique framed. Also took apart a frame I had and resprayed it black, to hold the 1946 Taca Airlines advertisement. I guess this wall's theme is "stuff from the 1940s." Except for that boat washed up on shore, that happened in New York in the mid 2000s.



Started the frame for the battleship display. Sort of.

Picked up some poplar 1x3s and glued them two-deep to make poplar 2x3s. Yes, I could have ordered 2x3s, but I figured laminated wood has less likelihood to warp and bend over time, plus no waiting.

I like clamps.


After the pieces were all glued together, I stacked them to notice that some were slightly bowed. So they are now stacked and clamped tight to the countertop to get rid of that. Already much improvement after a day - I leave them like that for a week or so.

Bidding on an invitation to the 1942 launching of the battleship New Jersey, which would go well with the big picture/plan of the ship. There was also a program from the launching, but it was $70.

Work progresses slowly, with some new additions:


Envelope from the invitation to the launching of the Battleship New Jersey (needs better matting, just threw it in a frame I had built/ready).


Actual launching of the Battleship New Jersey in a frame I built. For whatever reason the bottom-right corner opened-up a little bit. Might be because I had to really 'convince' the frame that the glass should fit inside it.



With my basement about wrapped up, this half-finished project is returning to focus. I'm trying to complete all my in-progress projects, then just shut down for a while.

I purchased a sheet of 36x72 Optix plexiglass from Home Depot. 36x72 is exactly the size I needed, and since I'm notorious for screwing up plexiglass when I try to cut it, this seemed like a good option. Though, it wasn't cheap - $54.

Last night I assembled the 2 "L" shaped pieces of frame that had been sitting around for +/- a month. This morning was test fitting the plexi. Something was not perfectly square, so there was about a 1/8" - 1/16" too much plexi. Were it something other that plexiglass, I would have made it fit, but I was worried about cracking it. Out came the belt sander and little by little I convinced it to the right size.

(It's foggy because it still has the protective sheets over the plexiglass).


Now I have to cut down one sheet of 1/8" hardboard to the same size that will serve as the back. Another sheet will get cut to size then get two windows cut into it to serve as the matting. Take it all apart, sand and paint the frame, spray the matting piece, mount the prints and reassemble. At the very end, 2x pieces of 1x will be attached to the frame vertically to help support it in the middle and keep the weight of the thing from creating a sag when it's up on the wall.
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Took me a few days longer than planned, but another project wrapped-up.

Drew-up the mat-board piece to cut the windows in it.


Then I cut it out, sprayed it gray, and lined up the prints


Once assembled, I installed two vertical supports to keep it form sagging and warping over time.


Those are attached with T-braces


Thing is big. And heavy.


Required a special trip to Menards to get something with enough muscle to keep it on the wall.


It's up. It is very large and imposing. Cool, just like a battleship. It measures 78-1/4" wide, by 39-1/8" tall.




The kids' toys aren't really going with my motif, ha. I have more pictures of the construction & launching of the ship to frame and hang up there still, as well as various other images from the ship's history.
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Looks pretty,cool to me!

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Nice job! And that's a nice collection of pictures you've put together.
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Loving it.

Good to see some history buffs out there.
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