Hello to all who read this. I am finally getting around to posting my first instructable, just in time for a contest ;) I have been a member of instructables for a few years and it has been more than an inspiration to my curiosities. The instructable I am posting today is being entered into the Holiday Gifts contest so please vote for it.
My Instructable is for making a custom double-sided photo frame that I designed and fabricated for a few of my family members for Christmas. I work at a sign shop and we had some scrap material that was going to go to waste but I had a vision of what it could become. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to complete my "vision" but what I made received many compliments as well. I had quite a few designs I made before I had gotten the chance to measure the useable material that was still left. Fig. 1-3 shows a few of the other design ideas I came up with.
I ended up going with something that was quicker for me to fabricate multiple of in a short amount of time and not having a lot of time to work on it constantly. Unfortunately, the main pitfall of these frames is that the photos are not removable so they will be there for the life of the frame. So with that in mind if you are going to do something like this ensure you have the proper type of photo paper with archival qualities as well as good UV protection in the inks in case it is left in a window. Fig. 1-4 is the finished mockup-design for what I built.
Step 1: Parts and Tools
Luckily, I work in a sign shop with CNC capabilities so dadoeing out all the pieces was fairly easy and I have a great boss who let me come in and do it on my own time. So, I went in after hours and took all my measurements of the dimensions of all the scrap pieces I had to work with as well as any “imperfections” or other holes or marks in the scraps, took it home and started mocking it all up in CorelDraw. Once I had it all mocked up and nested into the scrap pieces I went in on a weekend and got the carving and cutting all done. Then I just had to put it all together.
Amongst the photos for this step you will see the diagrams of the pieces showing most of the sizes and quantities that were used in creating these custom photo frames. Some of the parts you do not see are the photos that went in the frames and the black construction paper used in behind the photos to block out any shine through in case placed near a light source.
The tools needed for putting the frames together were pretty basic seeing as how most of the real work was done by the CNC Machines at my workplace (Currently working on a CNC Mill for myself but that is another instructable). The main photo for this step shows the tools needed to fabricate the photo frames.
I had 4x12" F-Clamps and 2x8" F-Clamps that I had used (I had multiple of each clamp as I made 6 or 7 of these frames altogether), a file for griding down a couple places for proper fit, some acrylic glue, and scissors for cutting the photos and construction paper/Bristol board to shape.