So off to Home Depot I went and picked up a sheet of 1/8" 2x4" pegboard. In hindsight, I probably should have gotten a 1/2" as it would have been sturdier but I can reinforce if needed. I had them cut it in half as most of my canvases and panels are not larger 22" wide. I bought a 2x4" and cut into 4 equal pieces to act as the legs. Home Depot has a cutting area with a hand saw and metal beam type cutting area so it was pretty quick & easy to cut on the spot.
Then I used some acid free twine and pulled it through every other hole about 4 holes from the outer edge to create a support for the panels to rest upon. I have seen artists online use dowels rather than twine which would also increase the sturdiness but each dowel would need to be cut to fit. I would have to use a hand saw as table saws scare the bigeezes out of me. I seriously have to leave the yard when my hubby uses one. I think it is the curse of being an artist, overactive imagination combined with overly detailed mental images, ugh.
I tied a loop on one end then slid a bobbie pin through the loop to act as a needle.
This made going through each hole super easy and was able to just keep pulling every few inches to space out the twine properly until the end. I should have taken a photo of the bottom side as well but I just across two holes rather than vertically. But I am happy to say the twine worked out very nicely.
The top also makes a great drying area for paintings in progress and I can see them from my easel so I can get a bit of distance from them while planning the next stages of each painting. In the future I may make a second piece which could sit on top too. Hopefully that will not be necessary but always good to be scalable ;)
|Top needs to be reinforce but holds over 20 canvases|
I should have taken a before photo of my studio to show how much space these canvases took up before as they used up every free inch of wall that I could lean them against, so much nicer now!