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Fragm3nt

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#1 posted 03-01-2021 07:19 PM



I m not sure there would be any weight savings but the idea of a torsion box comes to mind. A google search on “torsion box construction” will illustrate the concept.

It may be that one could use thinner hardboard to recover some of the weight from the extra material.

- sras

Without having had given it a Google yet, it might just be helpful. If its something thatd obliviate some cross-member usage on a large scale, I could see some stability increase and weight saves.

Thank you for the recommendation, sras. I’ll check it out


It’s difficult to imagine a solution without seeing everything in person. I think you just might be up against something we all strive for. I want it large lite weight and flat.
Is their a reason your not working off a canvas stretched over a frame.
Good Luck

- Aj2

Right? Reading someone else say its a directive of many other creators at least makes me think ive got my head somewhat in the right direction. (Lol)

There’s a lot to the comparison and compromise to large scale stretched canvas and panels (hardboard), but a few key points are the cost, visual appeal and durability over time, with painting process being part and parcel of its use too.

Typically, you’re looking at around $650-1,000 for a havy-duty, big boy 12-20 oz. canvas from a supplier, not including shipping and construction when it gets home, whereas You’re chiming it at a grand total of about $70 from the hardware store for a hand made piece out of hardboard panel, if you know what you’re doing.

Also note the cost of either option in this case (art supports) logically has no reflection on actual quality in terms of archival-ability and overall structural integrity, and a great deal of artists actually recognize it as superior in those terms. The look too, imo, has a more modern presentation and i find lends itself to more modern work (i have a lot of stuff aimed at interior design.)

The labor element isn’t great on either if you’re making your own stuff, but hey it’s part of the fun. . . Right?


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