Resin Cast Memory Frames – WFC2017

Resin Cast Memory Frames – WFC2017

Marc – On today’s show we’re gonna
build something fun and simple and it’s all for charity, these resin cast picture frames. ♫ Hit it (jazzy music) Welcome to the 2017 Woodworkers
Fighting Cancer Drive. This year we’re gonna build
something very simple. I want as many people as possible
to be able to build this. It’s a simple frame with a
resin casting in the center. So pretty cool project. This one, lights up
which is pretty awesome. Since 2010 we have donated almost $100,000 to various cancer charities. This year our coal is $15,000
and we are donating the funds to, it’s actually called the Jimmy Fund, and they work with the Dana
Farber Cancer Institute. So if you wanna help
out all you have to do is build a simple frame
with a casting in the center and we donate money on your behalf. And this year we’re actually partnering with the folks at the Giddy app. It’s a great social sharing platform where you can actually share
projects that you’ve made and participate in contests and challenges and they are matching
donations as well this year. So it’s gonna be pretty cool. So let me show you how to build the frame and stick around till the end of the video and I’ll give you all of the details on how you can help out with the charity. You don’t really need a
lot of lumber for a frame but I’m making five of them. The pieces are all flattened on one face and one edge at the jointer. (mellow instrumental music
and mechanical whirring) I then trim them to rough
length at the miter saw. At the planer I’ll bring the thickness to around one inch. The thicker the stalk the
deeper the casting form but if you make the frame too thick it might look weird so
3/4 of an inch to one inch is probably adequate. At the table saw I trim some
frames to two inches wide and others to an inch and a half wide. (mellow instrumental music
and mechanical whirring) For decorative effect I
think it’ll be pretty cool to use a picture frame profile
bit on one of the frames. (mellow instrumental music
and mechanical whirring) On the backside we need
to make an eighth inch by quarter inch rabbit for the back panel. (mellow instrumental music
and mechanical whirring) To cut the miters I’ll set
my miter gauge to 45 degrees. The key to getting good
results is to use a stop lock. The final length of the
pieces is totally up to you. Since we’re not putting
pictures in these frames we don’t need to conform to
any particular dimension. (mellow instrumental music
and mechanical whirring) To glue the frames together
I think it’s worth it to splurge on a good
miter clamp like this one. There’s nothing worse than
going through all this trouble to make a frame only to mess
it up during the glue up. (mellow instrumental music
and mechanical whirring) While the frames are drying I’ll cut some eighth
inch hard board to size for the back panels. (mellow instrumental music
and mechanical whirring) In spite of your best efforts, you’re bound to have at least
one joint that isn’t perfect. This is one time where
a good quality filler is really the best option. After sanding you’ll never notice the gap. Now the frames are sanded thoroughly. Of course the more detailed profiles tend to be a little bit more work. Using a block plane I ease
all of the sharp edges. (pleasant instrumental music) My plan is to paint the hard board white so I first sand the shiny side just to roughen it up a little bit and that should help
the paint bind better. I’ll use some white spray lacquer. Two coats should do the trick. (pleasant instrumental music) For the frames I’ll pre-finish
using clear satin lacquer, three coats in total. (pleasant instrumental music) The back panel is attached using a bead of thick CA
glue around the perimeter. (pleasant instrumental music) So now for the fun part
we’re gonna use epoxy to make a casting inside our frame. Now I’ve got two different products that we’re gonna test out today. A lot of different products on the market, I don’t know anything about them. I use epoxy as an adhesive
and maybe as small gap filler. So this is new territory for me. I talked to Peter Brown,
he’s a popular YouTuber who does a lot of epoxy casting and he recommended this
Envirotex Lite product. Later, someone else on Instagram
recommended this Ecopoxy which is a little bit more
environmentally friendly and a little bit less toxic. Speaking of toxicity, we
should talk about safety. After all, this is a Woodworkers
Fighting Cancer video and some of the components
in here are not only toxic but they could be carcinogenic, right? And that’s something we want to avoid. So like anything we do in this shop I’ve got quite a few nasty things in my finishing cabinet there
and I always protect myself. So that means you want
to protect your lungs. I wear a respirator with organic
filter cartridges in them. I also have a nice fresh breeze
blowing through the shop. I have a window open
on both sides and a fan and of course I protect
my eyes with goggles. And this way you just
don’t have any contact with the material, you’ll be fine. Keep in mind if you have
children working on this project you probably don’t want them
to mess with the epoxy, right? And ultimately if you don’t
want to touch the epoxy then you can do this without it. If you wanna just make a frame
and do some hot glue things that you could put inside there,
that’s perfectly fine too. I don’t wanna force
people to use a product they’re not comfortable with. But protect yourself and
you’ll be fine, alright? Let’s do some pours. For my first pour I’m gonna use some of my son’s favorite
Mario Brothers characters. Some of them stick out
too far and don’t sit flat against the back so I’ll give
them a little bit of a sanding and that should make them more stable. The Envirotex Lite is
mixed one part resin, one part hardener following the
manufacturer’s instructions. Ya heave to stir this stuff really well, a good three minutes
before you can even pour. Notice that I’m making a very small amount on the first pour. Because many things will float in epoxy the first coat is only there
to firmly attach the characters to the backer board. And now I wait about 15 minutes. At this point most of the bubbles should have risen to the surface. The manufacturer says
you can simply exhale over the bubbles, but as I said, I have no desire to breathe this stuff in so I’ll rely on my heat gun. You can also use a propane
torch if you’re really careful and worst case scenario
a barbecue lighter. After an overnight cure,
here’s what we have. Honestly, I love the way this looks so I don’t think I’m gonna
do a second pour on this one. Now let’s do a holiday frame. For this one I’m gonna
try embedding some lights into the resin. (peaceful instrumental music) Now using CA glue I’ll attach
the lights to the back panel around the perimeter of the frame. (peaceful instrumental music) With a bunch of little holiday
thingies placed in the middle I’ll pour the first layer of epoxy. (peaceful instrumental music) the next day I’ll do the second pour. This time I’ll mostly
cover the decorations but I’ll also drop in some more things, giving it a little bit more depth. For this one it’s okay that they float. We’ll do one more pour
after this one cures. (peaceful instrumental music) And that is look’n pretty festive. When I posted a few pictures
of this process online, several people made reference to Han Solo, so I just couldn’t resist. Adding some black metallic
powder as an additive I create liquid carbonite. (peaceful instrumental music) Don’t worry, he should
be quite well protected, if he survived the
freezing process that is. (peaceful instrumental music) Now I’ll try a couple of Ecopoxy pours. As you’ll see, these don’t go that well because I had a lot of trapped bubbles. Talking with the folks
at Worth Doing Well, the thickness of the resin is the culprit. When it’s super thick like this the bubbles can’t find their way out so the recommendation was to
slightly warm the resin first before adding the hardener. Every product has its learning curve. For these two pours I’ll do one seascape and another holiday version. And the first layer wasn’t bad at all but the second layer was the
one that had tons of bubbles and you could see the
haziness below the surface. User error, next time I’ll do better. So first of all go to and all of these details will be there in case you don’t catch
them all right here. Now you have until October 31st to build and submit your frame, right? So if you do submit a
picture we will donate $1 on your behalf to the charity. You can upgrade that to $5
by making a YouTube video showing your build
process and what you made and talking about the charity and why this means something to you. And then you can actually get an extra $2 by posting to the Giddy app. If you put a picture or better
yet a little video there they will donate $2 on your behalf. So all you have to do is build a frame and submit the pictures and videos and you can have as much as
$7 donated on your behalf to the Jimmy Fund. Now one of the most successful parts of our charity drive
each year is the auction. So we have lots of
great tools and products that you could bid on and your bid will go
directly to the charity, which is pretty cool. And if you don’t wanna build and you don’t wanna
participate in the auctions you can always donate directly. Now this year’s project
is so simple in concept that there is no plan for
it, just build a frame and put the resin casting in the middle. Get creative with your scenery
and it should do just fine. But if you want to get even
more into picture frame building we actually just released
a new series in the Guild totally for free. So just go to the, look for picture frames, and there are five unique
frame designs there that you could use for
inspiration for this project or any other project. So definitely go check that out, you don’t have to do anything fancy but if you want to the sky’s the limit. So thanks to everyone
who builds along with us, thanks to the folks at the Giddy app, and thanks to our sponsors and we hope you’ll build
along with us this year. (jazzy music)

Dereck Turner

40 thoughts on “Resin Cast Memory Frames – WFC2017

  1. Hand Tool Rescue says:

    This is a sweet idea.

  2. Alex Pacin says:

    I can't believe you sanded the shell of that Koopa Troopa. Everyone knows you have to use a jointer to get it perfectly flat. Unsubscribed.

  3. Jaime Wilson says:

    Neat idea. Thanks to you and all the other cancer fighers

  4. Jeff Bitgood says:

    One way to help with bubbles is to pour slowly in a very thin stream in one spot and let it flow into place. As you said, warming it up a bit first will help it flow to where you need it.

  5. Fred McIntyre says:

    Nice work Marc! 👍👊

  6. Tony Halsell says:

    Can we do multiple projects and get multiple instances of donations?

  7. grandolddrummer says:

    "Let's talk about shop safety…"

  8. paschein says:

    … but we wanted to see how Han turned out in his new "epoxinite" home!

  9. Tony Halsell says:

    I would recommend that if you're using West Systems, to try 207 Special Clear hardener. Also, according to a guy that works at Rockler who has done some casting, if your pieces aren't super-clean (including oil from your skin), they can get cloudy over time. Soap and water is recommended before setting the pieces.

  10. Terry Porter says:

    Solo!!!!! Love it!

  11. Thom spillane says:

    Awesome idea, fun project

  12. The Wood Whisperer says:

    Remember, if you want to help out you have until October 31st. All of the details can be found here: Thanks for your support!

  13. Make Something says:

    I appreciate you doing this every year. Lost my father to cancer this last March. I'll be participating and making my own memory frame. Thanks Marc.

  14. BoatworksToday says:

    Very creative idea Marc. My Mom was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and I will absolutely be participating in this with my Girls.. Cheers 🙂

  15. Paul John's Life says:

    I was already planning a resin project. Looks like I may have to speed things up and add a frame to it.

  16. Nathan James says:

    Love the Deadpool figure just "hanging out", great cause too and cool project.

  17. Justin Weible says:

    Awesome cause Marc. But we all know that your "sons" favorite Mario characters were yours.

  18. BookofIsaiah (Matt B) says:

    Awesome Marc!!!

  19. VMI Armor says:

    You'll float too!

  20. Joe Brown says:

    I love these. You're a good man Marc.

  21. Justin Paczay says:

    I believe cancer has affected everyone in one way or another. I too have lost family to cancer. Never done a picture frame before. Never participated in anything like this before. Saved your video so I can come back to this. Hope I can partake this year! Just bought a new router.

  22. Peter Brown says:

    The casts came out great Marc! Now you're going to have to dream up some more projects with all that leftover resin! :

  23. Drew Pickard says:

    good call on not doing a second pour on the Mario frame. I think that made a really cool look and I think I might try one like that soon

  24. DCD Laser & CNC says:

    Great idea Marc! I need to get the creative juices flowing and submit one.

  25. William Shaffer says:

    Guess I'm making a frame or two

  26. Joseph Muench says:

    Reason 191 on why you should support the Spagnuolo’s and the Wood Whisperer.

  27. Brian Prusa says:

    I'm giddy to make this project.

  28. Danilo Pinheiro Muller says:

    Come on Marc? Sanding the Paratroopa? You should've just jumped on him. You'd be rid of the shell and even be rewarded a coin.

  29. Jeff McQuinn says:

    that miter gap with filler, oh my. I have found the best thing for me is a good sharp hand plane and a shooting board.

  30. Michael Gomez says:

    Starting this weekend! Have all the materials on hand so that's a bonus!

  31. Ryan guertin says:

    I was totally nerding out on the Han Solo and Mario characters but they were all awesome. Definitely going to be doing this project.

  32. Steven Suing says:

    How careful were you with the CA glue to insure that it wouldn't leak? The backing has to be water tight or else it can be a real mess. Looks like a fun project I can do with my kids.

  33. Leonidas Damas says:

    Parabéns,sempre é bom ajudar o próximo.

  34. Earl Wojciechowski says:

    How much of the resin did you use for these kits? Looking for some guidance regarding how much to buy. TIA

  35. Ray Divello says:

    It's a great cause your fitting for. Lost Dad to that crap when I was 5, moms gone 11yrs because of it and my brother is fitting as I type. He's winning so far. It's tearing through my family and scares the hell out of me. May God bless you and yours for fight to help.

  36. Slagon Drayer says:

    I love this idea and I love the EcoPoxy! Double win!

  37. Justin Paczay says:

    Great stuff. Thank you again for giving us little guys the opportunity to help out! This was a very fun project!

  38. Brian Tamargo says:

    Where did you get the black pigment for the "Han" pour? Didn't see the amazon link? Thx

  39. Tawanna Mclaughlin says:

    Hi!! Can the resin be used to cast a photo on a kraftyblok block which is glass?

  40. Matoosky says:

    Awesome video! I have done this a few times in the past with some chalkboard art and other things. Have you tried with paper or newspaper? I have 2 shadow boxes with both my grandpa's WWII medals and newspaper clippings. I want to do an epoxy picture frame with the medals and newspaper clippings but I'm worried the epoxy will ruin the old newspaper… any thoughts on this?

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