HNW - tambour work - wood frames

Carolyn Kayta Barrows kayta at
Fri Sep 18 01:54:36 PDT 1998

>>Idea - Would using those wood stretcher-bars, like painters use for
>>stretching canvas for paintings, do for making a large enough frame?
>They work great for making frames - that's what I'm using now to do some
>metal thread work.  A hint - check the outside corners of the wood to see
>if they are sharp - I took a little hammer and smooshed them down a bit to
>lessen the chance of fabric getting ripped.  Also, if you find a pair of
>the pliers used for canvas stretching, it makes the whole job much easier -
>the wide mouth - 4 inches or so, and a bump to tilt the pliers out and hold
>the fabric taut makes stapling the fabric in place go quickly and evenly.

I didn't suggest that because I didn't know how the pliers' jaws would
affect lightweight cloth.  Lining the jaws with thin leather ought to help.

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