Books Advises

The Table Saw Book
Kelly Mehler

Table saw book

Much here will benefit the novice, and a fair amount of the material will serve as a reminder or means of improvement for the advanced woodworker.



No handyman?


And if you can't make your own streched art canvas... Not a problem !

Here are some
low prices

Ready to use art canvas


Canvas Painting

Darys 2-pack 3-pack winsor and Newton

In this Canvas Painting For Beginners guide, you will learn specific step-by-step strategies to help you be able to overcome any challenge doing canvas painting

How to make an artist canvas...with stretched fabric.

Make your own stretched canvas...

Label-Canvas ArtMake yourself your stretched canvas ? What afunny idea!

Indeed, the price of canvas sold in art stores have fallen considerably and have become very affordable ...

Then why complicate your life to assemble wood pieces to strech fabric?

A delicate operation

Especially since the making of a frame from A to Z is not a simple operation : the assembly of strechers bars is not easy to made by an inexperienced handyman, the tension of the canvas also takes considerable care ... so much so it seems often preferable and more reasonable to get them ready made in an art supplies store .

And yet ... I came to build my own streched canvases... following a gift ! A friend mine (who wanted me only good things) gave me a stack of old new sheets in linen-cotton mixture and from the beginning of last century ...

They have a tight weave and scored grain : the ideal material to paint if I don't find another utility ... Then I get started into the adventure ... with a result, I think, acceptable. Especially because I had the necessary equipment.

You want to try? Then the lines above will tell you the process I followed ... If you have a different experience, it is with pleasure that you will be able to share it here on this page.


The necessary equipment

Unfortunately ... it requires a lot of material!

. The old cotton sheets (linen and cotton blend)
. Lumber ... (2cm thick)
. wood glue good quality
. Special pliers to stretch the canvas (approx 20 €)
. A frame band clamp (approx 10 €)
. A stapler.
. A circular saw table (starting at 80 €


Pliers to stretch canvas

If you have room in your home ... Do not hesitate to invest in a circular table saw with a tilting blade (from 120€ Discounts according to Leroy Merlin) and then you'll use it again on numerous occasions!


Circular Saw


It is essential here to give the stretch bars a trapezoidal section ...

The making of the frame

All measurements that follow were calculated for a standard frame 15F (65x54).

In a board about 2cm thick, cut strips 4cm wide with a circular saw. There is no need to plane them ... because they will be cut again later.

Saw up then stretchers bars to length (2 to 65cm and two 54cm) by cutting their ends at 45 ° with the picture framer miter saw.

cutting the stretchers bars

You can also work with the guide corner of your circular saw ...

The opposite bars should be exactly the same length: then work with the stop block if you have one.

Now comes a tricky ... how to give a trapezoidal section to the bars. This is necessary so that the canvas, once stretched, has no contact with these bars (which would cause undesirable marks).

profiling stretchers


To do this, set the circular saw blade with an inclination of 8 degrees, adjust the side guide to 2cm lower the blade and then saw up in length the bars so as to give them the desired shape.

trapezoidal profile chassis


For the intermediate bar, straighten your blade and saw it so as to reduce to 1.6 cm in thickness (rectangular).

profiling completed

Approach the pieces for a dry-fitting, make sure that everything goes well and then glue the miters and proceed to the assembly. Cut now the center bar to the right length.

Tighten with the frame band clamp ... Check the squareness (by measuring the diagonals which should have exactly the same length) ... Adjust if necessary.

assembly of the frame

Glue the ends of the center bar, put it in place and tighten with a screw clamp ... let dry overnight. The modern adhesives are extremely resistant : your assembly will be very strong.

You can if you wish, build connections with some staples (put in above and below but it is not necessary).

The making of the stretched canvas

Cut now your fabric so that it goes beyond the frame (you will fold it on the back when you'll stretch it on the frame). You'll staple it on the frame (or set with nails called "Blued Steel Tacks" but I found most effective to staple).

stappling canvas on the frame

Remember that you must first staple in the middle of each bar by working alternately on opposite sides.

Here is a "plan" to stretch and stapple correctly :

How to stapple canvas on stretcher

First put the stapple 1 ... Stretch the canvas with the special plier and put the second stapple 2 ... Continue following the pattern.

canvas tensionning on the frame

With staples all the 5 or 6 cm, the fabric is correctly tended… especially if you took care to slightly humidify it before the installation: while drying, the fabric will be strongly tightened on the frame.

Preparing the canvas

Once the canvas on the frame, it must be given a preparation to be able to paint.

Personally, I start with a coat of white acrylic paint that after drying, will create a first flexible film on the canvas.

Priming the stretched canvas

Then, I apply two coats of GESSO (found in all art supplies stores for painters or you can make your own). Leave to dry ... and lightly sand after drying.

After all these treatments, the fabric may need to be tightened again... A USEFUL TRICK : spray water on the back, and let's dry... it's a good way to tighten canvas...

If that does not operate, as this frame has no keys ... there is no other solution than removing staples, slightly moisten the cloth then stretch again on the frame.

Chassis canvas ready

Your canvas chassis is now ready to be painted ... and to accommodate your masterpieces!!!