How To Make a Cradled Panel

During Open Studio this past weekend, I was demonstrating how to make a cradled panel. The slide show below  illustrates the steps.   I use this technique to add a 2″ wood frame on the back of paintings on wood or masonite panel to give a look similar to a gallery wrap canvas.  The edges are finished with black paint.

How To Make A Cradled PanelStep 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Step 5Step 6Step 7Step 8Step 9Step 10

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  1. Nancy Standlee April 25, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    I need this information and loved seeing how it’s done but I wish you had a pause button to study the steps as it went by way too fast. great job.

    • lucindahowe April 25, 2012 at 1:06 am #

      Try moving your cursor in the white space to the right of the picture and look for an arrow. You should be able to click on the arrows on the side to control the movement.

  2. Christy November 17, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

    I’m a picture framer also….have a technical question. Do you build the frame and then cut the masonite? Just wondering because how do you get the masonite to be exactly the dimensions of the frame. Any hang over or shortness would be terrible!

    • lucindahowe November 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

      That’s a good question. I wasn’t totally happy with my first efforts because of that issue. Eventually I learned to make the frame slightly smaller than the masonite and use a router to trim the edge of the masonite even with the frame.

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