DIY Block Mounting

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DIY Block Mounting
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Block mounting provides an inexpensive photograph and art mounting option for the do-it-yourselfer. Rather than a mounting board and frame, block mounting only requires one thick block of material to act as a base for art. Purchase laminate precut to your desired dimensions or purchase medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and cut it to your specifications. MDF allows you to create a custom-mount for odd or unusual art dimensions. Unlike framed art, block-mounted artwork remains exposed to the elements, but a sealer helps to maintain the art's beauty.

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Things you need

  • Photograph or art print
  • Measuring tape
  • Medium-density fiberboard
  • Table saw
  • Carbide saw blade
  • Sandpaper, 150-grit
  • Acid-free rubber cement
  • Utility knife
  • Transparent sealer

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    Measure the photograph or art print you wish to mount and mark the MDF to those dimensions.

  2. 2

    Cut the MDF on a table saw with a carbide blade. The MDF will wear down blades made of other materials.

  3. 3

    Sand the edges of the MDF with 150-grit sandpaper.

  4. 4

    Apply acid-free rubber cement to the MDF surface and the back surface of your photograph or art print.

  5. 5

    Press the photograph or art print onto the MDF and smooth flat. Trim any excess paper with a utility knife.

  6. 6

    Coat the artwork with a transparent sealer from a home improvement or craft store.

Tips and warnings

  • Measure the MDF 1/4 inch wider and longer. Then, bevel the edges with sandpaper or a rotary tool to create a border for your art.
  • Wear safety goggles while operating the table saw.

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