Save money by making your own floating wall mounting blocks for aluminum metal printsThe 2014 Art Fair season is almost here, and I'm making last minute preparations. I ordered a number of aluminum metal prints to add to my collection, but didn't order them with mounting blocks. It adds an additional ~$8.50 per metal print depending on vendor, so I decided to try and save some money by making my own floating wall mounting blocks. I already have a plunge router, so all I really needed was the router bit, template, and template guide.
- 3/8-Inch Keyhole Router Bit with 1/4-Inch Shank
- PORTER-CABLE 42046 5/8-Inch Template Guide
- Scotch Exterior Mounting Tape, 1-Inch by 60-Inch
- Rockler Picture-Hanging Keyhole Template
I had a 8' x 3" poplar board, and used the Rockler picture hanging keyhole template to create the floating wall blocks.
You'll also need a 5/8" router template guide for the template to work.
A plunge router works best if you have the router plunge depth set properly before your first cut.
I cut about 16 larger size blocks, and a few smaller ones. I cleaned up the edges with some sandpaper, and they were ready to mount.
Using the double-sided tape, I stuck the new blocks to the back of each metal print.
In the long run, this method will save me a ton of money. For this batch, each block cost less than $1.50 each. I made a few extra blocks for future metal print purchases.