DIY Block Mounting

By Darci Pauser

Things Needed

  • Photograph or art print
  • Measuring tape
  • Medium-density fiberboard
  • Table saw
  • Carbide saw blade
  • Sandpaper, 150-grit
  • Acid-free rubber cement
  • Utility knife
  • Transparent sealer
Display your photos with block mounting.

Block mounting provides an inexpensive photograph and art mounting option for the do-it-yourselfer. Rather than a mounting board and frame, block mounting only requires one thick block of material to act as a base for art. Purchase laminate precut to your desired dimensions or purchase medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and cut it to your specifications. MDF allows you to create a custom-mount for odd or unusual art dimensions. Unlike framed art, block-mounted artwork remains exposed to the elements, but a sealer helps to maintain the art's beauty.

Measure the photograph or art print you wish to mount and mark the MDF to those dimensions.

Cut the MDF on a table saw with a carbide blade. The MDF will wear down blades made of other materials.

Sand the edges of the MDF with 150-grit sandpaper.

Apply acid-free rubber cement to the MDF surface and the back surface of your photograph or art print.

Press the photograph or art print onto the MDF and smooth flat. Trim any excess paper with a utility knife.

Coat the artwork with a transparent sealer from a home improvement or craft store.

Tip

Measure the MDF 1/4 inch wider and longer. Then, bevel the edges with sandpaper or a rotary tool to create a border for your art.

Warning

Wear safety goggles while operating the table saw.

About the Author

Darci Pauser began writing in 2001. Her work has been featured in publications such as the "UC Berkeley Undergraduate Journal," Indybay and the West Texas Weekly. Pauser holds a certificate in sustainable agriculture from California's Green String Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.