CEMETERY PICTURE FRAME

 

Over the past ten years I’ve made several picture frames for friends and acquaintances. Every time I’ve made one, I kept improving on the ideas. This is my latest idea. Even as I was putting it together I thought of how I could improve on it.

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This uses 3/16” (.220″) plexiglass for the back, and 3/32” (.080″) plexiglass for the front. I cut them on my radial arm saw using a 72 tooth carbide tip blade. I’ve found the finer the tooth, the smoother the cut is, especially on plexiglass. I’ve also used the bandsaw for this. Still a fine tooth blade is important to keep from chipping the plexiglass.

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You can smooth off the edges with a belt sander.

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The plexiglass was cut to 7 1/2” tall x 7” wide in order to accommodate either vertical or horizontal 4” x 6” pictures. For the stainless steel 8-32 screws I drilled and tapped the 3/16” plexiglass at the four corners. The  ½” square aluminum bar was drilled and tapped for 10-24 screws. The bottom center screw is a flat head screw recessed into the back plexiglass. The bottom left and right screws are removed in order to bend the front plexiglass out, to insert the picture.

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When drilling a hole in the thinner plexiglass, sometimes it may crack. Using a step-bit will prevent cracking.

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The top three screws are never to be removed because I sealed the top on order to keep water from getting in to the picture. Use at flat tip on a soldering iron to melt the two plexiglass sheets together. You’ll want to slowly push forward with the iron, to push the melted plexiglass into the gap.

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Another method I’ve used is to grind a slight bevel on the top insides of both plexiglasses and with a toothpick fill the beveled void with epoxy.

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Also fill the top screw heads with the epoxy to prevent anyone from unscrewing the sealed top edge.

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It is a good idea to cut a point on the bottom of the square bar to make it easier to push into the ground. I cut the 1/2″ square bar around 30″ long.

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