We are days away from Christmas and I’m sure there is someone on your list that you just can’t figure out what to get for them. I have the perfect solution! Make them a wood block floating picture frame using scrap 2×4″ lumber and plexiglass.
If you don’t have scrap 2×4’s lying around, you can purchase a 2x4x8 foot stud for less than $4! You could make 16 photo frames out of that one board! (Granted, you’ll need to buy the plexiglass for each.)
- 2 – 2 x 4s (cut to 6″ lengths)
- 4 – 6″ x 9″ pieces of plexiglass (3/32″ thickness)
- Ipswich Pine Stain
- gel stain or Minwax Express color
- small detail paint brush
- pencil or pen
- optional: scrapbook paper, double stick tape
- Miter saw
- Table saw
- Jigsaw or bandsaw or a plexi-cutter
- Sander with sandpaper
- GRR-Ripper 3-D Pushblocks
Set your table saw to a 10 degree bevel.
Set the saw blade to a depth halfway through your block (about 7/8″ deep.) Set the fence to 2″ from the blade.
Use your GRR-RIPPER to safely guide the 2×4 over the saw blade. Check to see if two pieces of plexiglass will fit in the groove created by the saw blade.
If not, nudge the fence over slightly and make a second pass over the blade. Check to see if the plexiglass will fit now. If not, repeat the process until they fit snugly. [Read more…]