Process For Constructing A Cradled Wood Panel – Cut hardboard 10” x 12”, using panel saw. Use bench saw to cut a mitered corner (45 degrees on one end of your 1”x 2” pine. Measure your next cut in the 1×2 by holding the hardboard panel against it. Mark with pencil line. Cut opposite end of the 1″ x 2” pine, so that you have one side of your four sided cradle. Proceed in the same manner to cut the remaining three pieces of the cradle.
Process for constructing a cradled wood panel, see if your panel and cradle pieces all fit together nicely; assemble them without glue or fasteners. Replace badly cut pieces if needed. Place two pieces of your cradle in the table mounted corner clamp. (Double check that you have the correct pieces!) Adjust until the join is tight. Then remove one piece, add glue, and put it back in the clamp. Use nails or screws to bind the joints. Remove from clamp. Clean the excess glue with a damp paper towel. Join the remaining corner in the same way.
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Next process for constructing a cradled wood panel is glue and clamp panel to cradle. At a minimum, use 8 clamps per panel. Avoid clamping that is too tight, because this will make the indentation on the surface of your painting. Then place a small piece of hardboard or pine between the brace and the cover of your panel. This will spread the pressure and avoid surface damage. Remove the clamp after 30 minutes, but handle the panel very carefully for the next day, until the glue is healed. Bevel edges and corners of the panel with sandpaper. Then prime front and side of cradled wood panel with gesso.