Saturday, April 26, 2014

How I make canvas panels!

This is my 2nd post on making panels, I think I've got it down, I'm well over 300 panels made, and that includes a bit of experimentation.

I get 1/8" tempered hardboard, or that's what they call it at the lumber yard, they deliver it's about $14.00 a 4' x 8' sheet, I cut it in 1/2 with a skill saw, then cut it up into my standard sizes, (mostly) on the table saw. I wake them slightly smaller, so when I wrap the canvas around it's not too big.

I lay the board on the cotton denim, I think it's 12 oz's if that's even relevant. I then mark around the edge using my 3/4" stick and cut it with scissors.
My standard sizes are:
12 x 16
11 x 14
9 x 12
8 x 10
And a few :
14 x 16
7 x 10
I cut more panels than I had canvas for.

I stack them all up, 25 in total!

I'm using elmers white glue, I just brush it on, it's the most time consuming part of the job.

I lay the canvas on top, it's a bit tricky to get it right on, but after 300 I should be good at it. I then rub the canvas from the center out, with the heavy cloth air bubbles are not a problem, some wrinkles don't come out immediately, but once the glue soaks in there gone!

I flip'er over.....

 Paint the edge with more glue...

Fold the edges over.

Cut the corners, I do this so they don't get too thick.

All glued up!

I stack them up face to face with Plexiglas (plastic shopping bags work too) between the backs so they don't stick,  let them go over night, they still have some drying to do when I lay them out the next day.

Once the glue has dried, I make some rabbit skin glue, and when it's hot and smells all rabbit skinny, I paint it on, backs first...

Two coats on the top, once the first is dry.

25 more Panels!  I'll tint them just a few at a time....


  1. Thanks Chani, I like doing this, and I like the results (and the cost is reasonable...)

  2. Thanks Maja! glad to hear you can use the post, best of luck, Matt

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