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Lately I have been trying to build a backdrop. Here are some pictures sharing the process with all of you, to whomever absolute stranger you may be.


To get me started, I found leftovers of wood at the house to be able to do some woodwork in the first place for the backdrop project. As far as tools, I have few machinery and manual tools, nothing like an electric jigsaw, electric drill, power drill, or even a table to cut wood, side from handsaw, pliers and screws. My history records working with wood can be traced somewhere around the year of 2013, while trying to create a puppet which chest and feet were wooden with holes in it to attach wire structure, prior to this I had tried once to create a table from scratch. That was probably the last time I did anything with wood.. Anyways, back to my present: Thankfully, a pair of storage racks (commonly known as "pallet") was available at the house. With only two pallets I had plenty of wood to build the base and top bars of backdrop structure. 



Ideally, all I wanted was to connect each pallet with a hinge in the center with two stands on each side. This idea was discarded, eventually, as I came across other structures which showed me better alternatives and ways to keep each stand as tight. The hinge in the center was a good idea, if you want to save your backdrop at a safe place and reduce your space. I am still considering that since I am going to need space and the backdrop may not be always at use, like studios normally do.  

As first step, I had to detach each bar from each other, so I used a hammer and a plier being careful to release the nails from top and bottom extremes. Then, I decided to use sandpaper to smooth each bar surface and to remove edgy surfaces. So far, I could finish the two stands. I will have to borrow some machinery to allow me to drill in properly each screw and make drill all screws in place. 



If you have any sort of suggestions, advice, feedback, and you wish to comment feel free to do so. If not, that is perfectly fine.

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Comment by StopmoNick on May 17, 2021 at 4:02pm

Looks good so far!  When I used some wood from old pallets, I had problems with the wood splitting when I knocked the pieces apart.  I was not always able to pull the nail out, so I had to just hit the wood very hard.  I used some for an animation table.  I often see pallets being thrown out, so anything  you can make from them is a good idea.

My frame for backdrops was made from new pine wood with a 3mm plywood covering, so it was easier to make, but cost money. 

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