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Has anyone made their own decorative frieze?

Posted by alyceusvi (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 14, 07 at 19:11

I am making my own decorative frieze with acanthus wood ornamental appliques from Constantines. I plan to glue each applique to a smooth piece of 1 x 6. My runs are twenty-one feet in length. I will buy the crown molding for above from a Florida supplier. Is glueing the appliques to the 1 x 6 enough? I really don't want to use brads or staples if I can avoid it. I have looked for months and this is the most cost effective way I can do this. If I purchased what I wanted I couldn't afford it.
All advice appreciated.

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RE: Has anyone made their own decorative frieze?

It can be done, but if you are staining and putting on a clear finish, you need to be really careful with the glue. Any glue that smudges out will make a light spot in the stain.

I put a bunch of these on some large (5'x7') picture frames and was thankful to have a 23 gauge micro-pinner to hold them in place and assist with the gluing. It would also provide some insurance in case the wood expands and contracts different amounts between the base and the appliqu. They make such a small hole that it would not be noticeable in most applications.

RE: Has anyone made their own decorative frieze?

The appliqus will either crack or come loose as the 1x6 changes width with humidty unless.
Even quarter sawn is not likely to math the applied trim.
Plywood or MDF would be better as a base.

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