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Project

Painter's Helper

Introduction

Brushwork along edges and around cylindrical objects can be messy, but this stand with protruding screws holds items in place for painting. 

 

Materials

  • One square foot 3/4-inch.thick plywood
  • One square foot 1/2-inch-thick plastic foam
  • Drill
  • 3-inch drywall screws

Steps

  1. Step 1

    To make this useful base, position a square foot of 3/4-inch-thick plywood on a piece of 1 1/2-inch-thick plastic foam of the same size. Drill holes all the way through the plywood at 1-inch intervals, then countersink 3-inch drywall screws (so the stand will sit flat against your work surface). When painting, set the object on top of the screws. Place foam over the screws' points to avoid injury when not in use.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2002

Reviews (10)

  • Pearl56 2 Jul, 2009

    It is very useful. I made one and put it on a stand so I can store it out of the way when I'm not using it and to free up my work table.

  • Pearl56 2 Jul, 2009

    It is very useful. I made one and put it on a stand so I can store it out of the way when I'm not using it and to free up my work table.

  • heartforhome 31 Jan, 2008

    This is a very helpful surface for drying smaller objects that have been painted on both sides. Dry-it boards are sold in craft stores for tole painters and this is a homemade version. I love mine, and use it all the time when I paint. This new use is a great idea.
    Great idea!

  • heartforhome 31 Jan, 2008

    This is a very helpful surface for drying smaller objects that have been painted on both sides. Dry-it boards are sold in craft stores for tole painters and this is a homemade version. I love mine, and use it all the time when I paint. This new use is a great idea.
    Great idea!

  • asfinlay 27 Jan, 2008

    Ohhhh, I think I get it: It sounds like you turn it upside down (removing the foam while in use) and rest your object on the POINTS of the screws. The points would (theoretically) interfere less with your painting.

    Seems like a big object to have kicking around for a relatively infrequent use though. How about balancing your object on a smaller object like a piece of tupperware or something. Maybe a bit of tape to keep it from toppling...

  • asfinlay 27 Jan, 2008

    Ohhhh, I think I get it: It sounds like you turn it upside down (removing the foam while in use) and rest your object on the POINTS of the screws. The points would (theoretically) interfere less with your painting.

    Seems like a big object to have kicking around for a relatively infrequent use though. How about balancing your object on a smaller object like a piece of tupperware or something. Maybe a bit of tape to keep it from toppling...

  • HollysBerries 14 Jan, 2008

    I don't get how this is supposed to work. Looks useless.

  • HollysBerries 14 Jan, 2008

    I don't get how this is supposed to work. Looks useless.

  • syvananda 5 Jan, 2008

    I woiuld like to see a photo of an object set on the board, ready for painting.

  • syvananda 5 Jan, 2008

    I woiuld like to see a photo of an object set on the board, ready for painting.