New Table & Legs

Digital ImageDigital ImageHere in the first photo is my new wallpaper table and trestle legs. The table is comprised of three 11″ wide boards made of basswood. The advantage of this wood is that you can cut with a razor blade right on it, and it “self-heals,” much like a sewing or craft mat. Paperhanger buddies of mine swear they have used the same boards for decades. So far, I like the new boards much better than the plastic strips I have been cutting on previously.

You also see my new folding wooden trestle legs, with a built-in hook for my magnesium straightedge. The straightedge is seen in the photo, on top of the wallpaper, and is used for trimming wallpaper, particularly the papers with a selvedge edge that has to be hand-trimmed off. These are usually the higher-end papers, but the technique is also used for grasscloth, and just about any paper that needs to be trimmed or cut lengthwise, such as when turning a corner.

The second photo shows the boards and the trestles all wrapped up in protective, padded fabric, and secured with Velcro straps, for transporting in my van.

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