Today I worked on the 'back' boards, which I will mount the smaller frames to. Two 'back' boards/frame, to make a larger, more visually interesting frame. I'm making three in total.
These boards were fairly inexpensive at the local lumber yard. I paid $1.36/board, and one board is enough for two 'back' boards. I also would need some plexiglass, which I was a little worried about cutting, but I found a tutorial on-line after a quick Google search, and it looked do-able. One small sheet of plexiglass would be enough for my three frames, and it was $1.98/sheet.
After sanding a rounded edge on each board, which Cliff had cut for me last night, I was ready for the finish.
I really wasn't sure which way to go with these boards. I had initially thought to paint a layer of white, then a layer of cream, and using the same sanding technique I used on the frames, sand off enough cream to expose the white. After I got a layer of white on, I noticed that the grayish tone in the wood was coming through the white. I decided I would just lightly sand off the white, and expose the wood underneath. It actually turned out well.
I was left with some pretty sharp edges, but referring back to my tutorial, I proceeded to sand off the edges, putting a very slight bevel on them. What I had was the perfect piece of plexiglass for my frame.
So, part two is done.
Stay tuned for part three...