Inuvik Plate Picture Frame

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Project by Paul Pomerleau posted 03-15-2011 01:04 AM 2219 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the summer of ‘08 I visited Tuktoyaktuk in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
To get there, I had to go through Inuvik.
As luck would have it, it was their 50-year evolution from a cluster of tents to an established northern center.
I picked up a souvenir license plate and thought that I would have to put this in a special place when I get home.
This is when all the problems began… I wanted to make a simple picture frame that would show off this unique plate. Of course I only started collecting wood working tools this past Christmas, so I had very little to operate with at that time. I had some 1×1 pine sticks that I used to stake into the ground to mark a garden location that never materialized. I took a hand saw and cut the 45 degrees using a plastic miter thingy that sits on the edge of a table. I used an xacto knife to cut the rabbets in the wood to accept the backing (you can see the poor cuts on the 3rd picture). I’m not sure what kind of backing that is, either MDF or hardboard. I stapled the backing on, attached a hanger, put some self adhesive felt at each corner so it won’t mark the walls, painted the entire front black. Then I couldn’t figure out how to mount the license plate to the backing. I didn’t want to drill holes for bolts, I even thought about pop rivets… but then I had an idea… I glued some rare earth magnets in the location where the flat spots of the plate would be and simply placed the plate on the magnets. It worked great ! ! !
The last picture shows it proudly displayed in my basement, and as long as no one looks at the back, no one will ever know of my attempt with garden stakes, an xacto knife and a plastic miter thingy to create my “Inuvik Plate Picture Frame”.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 01:43 AM

oh oh somebody’s got the woodworking bug.very cool story.I think you did really good with what you had.keep it up.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#2 posted 03-15-2011 02:31 AM

looks fine to me, i would make the background a different colour though

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#3 posted 03-15-2011 02:38 AM

Paul considering your resources and materials at the time. You would never know.
Looks good. Really neat plate.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 04:04 AM

GREAT job, story and trip! You are well on your way to setting up a woodworking passion for retirement. Thanks for sharing. Play / be safe.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 03-15-2011 05:59 AM

Nothing to be critical of, a back is a back and only a wall will see it
I like the earth magnet attachment….that is using the old noggin
Well done

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 03-15-2011 06:46 AM

Best wishes and continued success

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#7 posted 03-15-2011 10:11 AM

Cool looking plate. Thanks for the story I enjoyed it.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 03-16-2011 04:52 AM

Pretty cool eh!

-- Ryan, FRMR HMM165 - HMX1 01-10

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#9 posted 03-20-2011 09:49 PM

With the weather they have up in that area, they need something that is stable and able to be read a close distances. Nice job

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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