1. Chris Howard
    December 5, 2005 @ 2:03 am

    Brilliant. What did the whole thing cost?


  2. Jeff Hayes
    December 5, 2005 @ 2:43 am

    Good question… as with most of my projects, it was assembled with spare lumber I just had laying around, though I think I did have to buy a few of the 24″ plywood sheets. Best guess would be that somebody could complete the entire project for less than $50 and an evening of work.


  3. Charley Parker
    December 5, 2005 @ 4:28 am

    Great post, thanks. (Popular Mechanics meets American Artist.) Nice idea to accomodate other base materials and backdrops.


  4. WLM Artist
    November 17, 2007 @ 4:12 am

    That’s funny, about the foamcore that looks like it’s going to collapse, that is exactly what I do. I do have one that I made simply from a big cardboard box that I cut so that there are just three sides to it. I’ve started using that and then expanding as desired with the flimsy foamcore board as you described. I also still have a similar box that I made from wood, but since it’s kind of heavy a don’t use it that much. Your painting looks very nice by the way, keep up the good work.


  5. splynch
    March 1, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

    Looking for some ideas for building my own shadow-box, this post came up first on Google. Isn’t the internet wonderful? Great post Jeff!


  6. labrown
    May 14, 2009 @ 3:30 am

    Thanks for posting this Jeff. I will be working on one this week!


  7. jetsonjoe
    January 27, 2010 @ 11:07 am

    lining the box with black velvet just sucks and possible reflection into a black hole…could be over kill…but it works…sometimes a bit of an issue for dust…but it sure is black black black


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