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Home Project: Shadowbox
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I'm pretty sure everyone goes through a lull in their training due to work, family, location or other circumstances. So in these situations what can you do besides practicing kamae or reading up on BJK literature and viewing training DVDs? One answer which I found to be very rewarding was building my own shadowbox for the washi painting Soke made for me 4 years ago when I first visited Japan. I'll post photos I took throughout the process of what I was able to create in about 8 hours with $75 in supplies you can get at Home Depot or Lowe's. Hopefully others can use this as a rough guide to create one of your own to preserve and display your own dojo art.

Posted on: 2014/3/23 10:26
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I collate a scrapbook, with all that I know

Posted on: 2014/3/23 11:40
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Worthy of a proper housing.
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Start by measuring: 50in x 14in
Cut 80x2in pine wood planks down to correct lengths for top, bottom and sides for the frame, about $5 each, needed 2.
Also cut 3 planks of pine for backing, 6x36in down to proper width. $5.29 each and I needed 3.
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Metal-prong wood joiners hammered in to hold pieces together, then screwed with 1.5in flathead wood screws to hold firmly. $4 for a package of wood joiners and screws.
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Wood was cut for free in the store but I bought a $10 hacksaw to make adjustments since the cuts weren't perfect. This was a bitch to do by hand but didn't take long, 45min for about 9 cuts total.

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Frame is complete, picked out a stain "Red Mohogany", $4.79 for a pint (enough to stain 2 full size doors, much more than I needed).

2 pieces of 36x18 in foam posterboard from Office Depot, $2.99 each. Cut into pieces to fit inside frame, affixed tp pine backing using double sided tape, $4.99 for 1 role.
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I didn't take pics during the actual staining, did about 3 coats over 4 days.
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Couldn't find black construction paper or matting anywhere in town in the correct size and wanted to make the backing without seams so I had to order an entire 50 foot roll of paper for $19.99 plus $9.99 shipping to my front door from Office Depot. (Most expensive part)
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Traced over the frame with an exacto knife (razor) to get the general rectangle out of the roll, then measured the interior of the frame 49 3/4in by 13 5/8in, took 3 tries to cut the paper perfect to fit inside, I still have about 40ft of black paper roll remaining...this was the hardest part but the exact knife was perfect for precision cuts.

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Once paper backing was perfect fit inside against foam backing I adhered it using a Elmer's glue spray-adhesive $3.29 per bottle (another addition to the random chemical and cleaner collection under the kitchen sink).
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Flipped it over once dried (1 hour) and hammered in a frame holder, kit with about 100 assorted frame holders and nails cost about $7.00 and I've used it for everything hanging on a wall in my place with about 90 extras.
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Scroll held in place (free hanging) on two map pins I had laying around (will change these to nails driven through backing into the pine planks to better support the weight).
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Scroll is secure, frame is rigid, stain is dry, up it goes on the wall.
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Precision measurements ensure scroll sits lightly on bottom without putting slack on the paper and making wrinkles or bulges.
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A fine addition to my living space.
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Not sure why photos and text are cut off in the thread but click on the photo itself to get the full shot.

Another angle.
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Better angle.
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Better than spending $250+shipping on the internet.
Maybe add a glass or acrylic dust cover next.

Posted on: 2014/3/23 12:00
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