Probably in a month’s time, you expect to have finalized your oil painting. At this point, the only thing you will be thinking about is preparing the painting canvas. There are a variety of alternatives when it comes to completing this task. You can apply DIY techniques, hand it over to a friend who is good at this job, or enlist the services of the canvas-preparation enterprise. In this article, the focus is on how you can prepare a painting canvas with the help of a compound miter saw. Tools Preparing a painting canvas is not an unmanageable task. Essentially, once you procure the framing implements for your painting canvas, you can do it yourself. For this purpose you will need;
- Molding of your choice,
- A compound Miter saw
- A clamping tool
- Hanging Wire
- Channel Lock Pliers
- T50 Stapling gun
Miter Saw This tool is crucial to ensuring that the cut edges of the moldings fit together accordingly in a right angle. With the measurement of a miter saw, you can size up the moldings, draw a sharp pencil line at an angle of 45 degrees, and seamlessly saw off the marked part. However, it is often problematic when it comes to maintaining a straight line. For this reason, certain miter saws come with a measuring tool that makes it easy to saw off a second section with a precise length as the original one
- Saw off the moldings into two sections in line with your preferred height and breadth. It is important to have adequate space for the canvas stretch to fit snugly into the frame. With the measurement of the miter saw, ensure that the angles are cut precisely and asses the lengths of each section pair are unerringly equal.
- Smear glue to the section edges, assemble and clamp firmly in positions. At this stage, it is essential to ascertain that all the corners are square.
- Insert at least one V-nail into the back of each joint. This task can be done either through gentle taps using a mallet or the utilization of a unique tool for this purpose.
- Release the clamping device when you are sure that the glue is dry.
- Screw in brackets and fasten the wire to the back of the frame.
- After completing the frame, you should determine the amount of canvas you need. It is important to give an allowance of 3-4 inches on all sides such that you can wrap it around the frame.
- This step requires you to use the T50 staple gun. Start with the longest sides first and staple from the center out towards the edges. Start from the middle and staple after a maximum of 2 inches until you get to a distance of 2 inches from the and Leave this section alone to give you a chance to stretch the canvas in case of creasing.
- Using channel lock pliers, grab the end of the canvas and stretch around the back section of the frame. Again follow the procedure outlined in the previous step. Do not focus on whether your canvas is drum tight. Instead, concentrate on ensuring it is free of wrinkles.
- The final step involves the corners. The spare inches you left come in handy here. Pinch the canvas and tuck one side into another one. This should be followed by taking the opposite side and squaring it along the specific corner before stapling into place. Your painting canvas is ready for use