Patent frame
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Springfield, VA 
Joined Oct 2, '15 

So…I’ve had these amazing art pieces by John Pattenden for years. I’ve always intended on trying my hand at making a frame for them, but life kept happening. :stuck_out_tongue:

No more excuses this weekend!

I used black core poster board for the mat…

and non-proofgrade acrylic for the cover…the picture, mat and acrylic are going to be sandwiched between two pg frames, with a pg wood spacer, so the acrylic needed to be pretty thin. The stuff at Home Depot did the trick!

Here is the back frame and spacer.

And here it is glued together.

Because I wanted to save some of the wood in the back for future projects, and needed some more thickness for the middle of the “sandwich”, I lasered two pieces of chip board to fit in the middle.

Here are the pieces mounted onto the mat and fit into the center.

For the front of the frame, I decided to decorate with another patent that has some meaning to me. I used the walnut plywood. The image was way too large for the engrave area of the glowforge, so I had to break up the image into four pieces (top, bottom, left and right, cut at void areas). After a few bad trials, lots of cursing, and realizing fisheye lenses and aligning by eye are not my friends, I ended up adding an x to each of the files and the wood to align everything.

I missed the alignment on the bottom just a bit, but the rest turned out great!

And here is the final product. Can’t wait to put this up in my office :).

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