My wife had our son entertained for a good portion of today which gave me a chance to work on some project I can’t do while watching him. I mentioned in an earlier post about helping Drew, a local artist with stretching some canvases. Even with the baby strapped securely to me in a carrier, there are lots of reasons not to be operating a baby while operating a chop saw. In fact, if that’s news to you here are some other good baby practices:
Well hey fella, I feel good about that. Maybe somewhere a disaster has just been averted.
If you’re asking youself, “What is a stretched canvas?” It’s what an artist typically paints onto. If you flip one over you’ll see that it’s just that: a canvas, stretched over a wooden frame giving a lightweight, even and smooth surface for an artist to paint on.
When you stretch a canvas, it’s generally recommended to staple it to the frame in the numbered order (above).
There are roughly 50 canvases I will have to assemble. My plan of attack has been to cut ALL the pieces first, assemble them into frames, and lastly stretch/staple the canvases to them. I’m pacing myself by working on them between the baby, sculptures, and posts.
To make the cutting easier, I broke down the list of canvas sizes Drew gave me into a longer list of individual pieces that needed to be cut. Today’s project just consisted of getting all these pieces cut. Under the watchful eye of my supervisor I completed this goal, and with the help of the “chop saw” every 45 degree angle I cut was dead-on.
I learned an interesting fact about cutting lumber into pieces at 45 degree angles: When I added-up the total length of all the pieces I cut, it was LONGER than the total length of all the boards I started with. (Read that sentence over again if you need to.) It seems impossible, which made me check my measurements over twice more… it seemed I ended up with more wood than I began. But here’s what happened.
Simply stated, every 45 degree angles that was cut created an overlap. Since I was always measuring from the longer side of the angles it was like I added an extra inch and a half for each cut. I tried to draw the picture above to show you how I was able to cut a piece of wood that was 96 inches long into 5 pieces: 3 pieces that were 12 inches, one piece that was 51 inches and one piece that was 15 inches. It equals 102 inches.