Wall Hangings

Had a friend ask me to see if I could convert some old coffee table tops into wall hangings fro her. They had been made by her favourite Uncle and she wanted them to be able to be seen.

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They both consist of patterns made out of match sticks. Something that took a great deal of time to not only make, but to collect all the matches as well.

I decided I would start on the smaller one, so I pulled off the existing edging and then put it through my sander to get it down to a constant thickness. I then spent some time trimming up the edges and getting it as square as I could. I bought some Tasmanian Oak edging and cut this to size to make a frame around the hanging.

Once the glue had dried I sanded them back and then added two coats of Teak stain to get it to the right shade ( she wants to match her dinning table). Once the stain had dried I glued around the edges of the hanging and inserted it into the frame. I has to do a small bit of adjusting with a plane as the hanging is slightly warped. Once it was in place I clamped it up and left it to dry.

Once the glue had dried I removed the clamps, cleaned off any glue squeeze out and gave it another light sand to get it ready to apply some acrylic lacquer. I gave the back a couple of coats and then applied 6 spay coats to the front. I sanded down to 400 grit paper between coats.

Once I’d finished with them it turned out pretty well.

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Did pretty well much the same with the larger of the hangings as well. It took a bit more work as I had to thin down the backing board quite a bit to loose some of the weight so it could be hung on the wall. I also had to sand back the front a bit more as the existing lacquer was very patchy.

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They both turned out very well and Barb is very happy with them. Once she has them hung in place I’ll try to get a photo just to show them in their final hanging space.

On to the next project.





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