This project grew a bit from what I originally intended. My Secret Santa giftee is in to Photography so I wanted to make a simple frame that she could display some of her photos in. Then I thought that a single photo is limiting so why not do a tri-fold frame, but then I have to make them square since I didn’t want to force either landscape or portrait.
So after a few days tossing around design ideas, starting on paper, then to Sketchup then ditching that for Fusion 360 I came up with this design.
Just moved, no nails in the walls yet, but it can be hung as well.
The Acrylic is held in place with embedded magnets, which will hold the photos in place.
There are a few mounting options and the leather strap hinges can be removed so the frames can be re-positioned or used independently.
The hinge slots are on all sides and set so offset arraignments can be done.
My prototype panel alongside all the components for the other two panels.
Tip: Leave the masking on until you absolutely have to take it off, keeps everything clean, especially embedding magnets with super-glue into acrylic.
I made a little square to help line things up for assembly, huge time-saver!
Bonus, I cut out her name to put on the gift box and it slides right into the groove on the frame for a modular decoration.
I learned a lot working on this project, 1st time dialing in kerf and offset paths, Fusion 360 was invaluable for that. That feeling when you get the kerf perfect and something snaps in place and you are thinking “Glue?! Who needs Glue?!”
This was made with:
Proofgrade Medium Maple Plywood
Proofgrade Medium Clear Acrylic
Proofgrade Medium Draftboard (for middle layer)
Craft Store Leather
6mm x 3mm Neodymium Magnets