How to Make a Frame for Canvas Art: Super Creative Soundboard Frame!

We’re just my DIY. I’m Daniel. I’m jay-z and we’re here to show you how we framed a picture from Jamaica in a soundboard picture frame. How did you come up with this idea? So, as you may know if you get any art internationally, especially at a corner tent On the beach……. On the beach! …mon! Right near the beach! …Mon! So yeah! So if you pick up any canvas
from a tent right near the beach …Mon!… then you will find that it doesn’t really
adhere to normal dimensions. So this canvas was going to need to have its own custom frame anyway. When I started googling for inspiration about music type frames I saw these amazing sound boards but they weren’t frames but then I thought: What if… …there was… …a sound board… …picture frame? Yes!!! So, took us four tries but we finally got it right. And we love it. We do. So watch this video to find out
how we did it! First for the sound board picture frame we’ll have to take these boards and cut them down to varying heights so we can sand them and stain them. Before we do that one big tip: it is very important to look at what kind of
wood you’re purchasing. We started out with this common board because let’s be honest, it is so much cheaper but when we started cutting it we realized that this board is neither square nor straight and really wouldn’t work for this project. Precision is key if you’re going to try to do a sound board picture frame and so we had to go back to Home Depot and get some nice pine wood. This was about five times more than the common board but it is straight. It is square. The edges are beautiful. So we got the pine board which came in the 8 foots. Some poplar boards that came in 3-foot. These are hobby boards and these will work much better for this project. We begin by setting a stop block for each of our varying heights in order to create consistency in the cuts in volume. That’s because we actually need 244 blocks for the finished frame cut in quarter inch increments. We cut them from one and a half inch all the way down to a quarter inch and we ended up cutting way more than we needed to ensure that we had enough variety to create the ultimate aesthetic that we were working for. To finish it we use a quick sanding process to take off any frayed edges without trying to lose the sharpness that the blocks naturally had. Full disclosure: this isn’t the first time that we tried to make this frame but live and learn. So this time we decided to lay everything out before we went any further to be sure that we had enough blocks of each of the various sizes and be sure that no two pieces of the same height were touching. Once we had enough blocks to go around the full frame we got really specific and started making little tweaks here and there looking at it from all angles. Next we got the canvas to look at it in place and be sure that everything fit and that we didn’t mess up again and then Uh-oh! This is a special edition of DIY Update and we have some late-breaking news! Just a few moments ago something went terribly, terribly wrong with the soundboard frame project. Let’s go to Roy G. Biv in the field who has the details. Thanks Anita. I’m here in the workshop where a heinous DIY crime has been committed! The justmightDIY team was assembling the frame when they realized they were a full half inch off. The culprit has been identified. She has confessed on tape. Let’s go to that footage now. I knew it could happen but I didn’t think it was gonna happen to me! I knew that using two different kinds of wood could result in some discrepancies but I swear I measured. They looked the same But they were not! The pine measured in at a 1.47. The poplar, 1.52 . And when put together in volume that resulted in an uneven assembly. I never thought I’d have to say this but she needed better wood and this is Roy G. Biv reporting for DIY update. Back to you Anita. That’ll do it for this edition. I’m Anita Redo. Upon realizing the error of our ways we
go to correct. We cut some more wood, we sand some more wood and then we replace the poplar with freshly remade pine. To contrast to bright colors of the Jamaican art we went with a matte black stain without the poly since this is the
indoor piece. We tried the stain with poly before and did not feel it have the appeal we desired. We stain the sides initially to leave a place to hold them and not mess up the wet stain. Letting it soak in for a short wiping off the
excess created the consistent appearance. To continue learning from our earlier
mistakes we are now placing the blocks on coins to prevent the stain from gluing the blocks to the board on which they rest to dry….. …..and by the magic of cameras the tops are now finished. While we’re waiting for all of the stain to dry we are… That’s not going to help! Ha hahahaha! While we’re waiting for the stain on the
blocks to dry we need to start prepping our backboard. So we have a really thin piece of wood kind of like what this is just sitting on right now that we have stained black but now we need to build the frame for the back of it so it actually has some rigidity to it. So it’s going to be cutting that down and then attaching it to the board which would be super quick. So lets do that. And now we’re ready for the final step in our project. It’s assembly time! So we have our backboard all ready and now Daniel’s going to tell you how we’re actually going to get all these blocks onto this board. So all we need to do is set our inside frame down in place, super glued and all and we’ll individually, by hand, meticulously place all of these in place without the excess of clamps and such by using using a super glue-wood glue combo. So we’re using the super glue to provide
that immediate clamp for us and then the wood glue will cure overnight and ensure extra adhesion. Of course this isn’t a all the glue we have we’re going to need a little bit more than this. Which is why I’m going to the stord while he glues down the frame. See you soon! Bye! For the inside frame we used quarter inch hobby boards that we stained in the same black color. We did this not because we needed to fill some expected gaps between the art and the blocks and the other half so we could actually have something to keep our blocks aligned with when we started to
glue them down. The gluing process was actually pretty simple but we did have a few key learnings that we want to share with you guys. We ran a long strip of wood glue along the length of the row because we knew that would take a little bit longer for it to get tacky and obviously that one takes overnight to set. So for the superglue we actually applied it around the entire bottom of each block immediately before we’re about to place the block on the board. Once we did that we held the block down for a good 10 seconds to really allow that superglue to grab. So now that our wood glue is cured, we’re all set as the glue is set for putting the picture into the frame How’re we going to do that? We’re all set as the glue is set?!? We are set like glue!!! Hahahahaha!! Hahahahaha! So, that was intentional. So like us the glue is set and we’re ready to finish this project and get our picture in the frame. JZ, what are we doing? So we are going to use the command picture hanging strips for this. This is really just a formality. It’s a custom frame. It’s a really tight fit. It would probably stay in with or without anything but we are going to use these. They’re like little velcro strips. So let’s do it! Okay! Command set! Ooooo! hohoho! I mean this big of a project deserves that hard of a high-five. Heh heh heh heh! Hahahahaha! Okay, you guys want to see? So there it is! The soundboard frame hung happily in its place. We hope you guys had as much fun watching this video as we did making it. So don’t forget to like, subscribe, ring the bell and check out our list of products down below. Absolutely and if you’re not watching
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