Building the frame

Wooden Frame

For this panel I decided to go with wood as my back-plate. Not only is wood cheap, it is surprisingly water-resistant if treated properly. The plan was to spray-paint the wood, apply a layer of epoxy, put the cells on top, then somehow attach wires and cover the surface with epoxy. While it was a nice idea maybe, I found a much better way that will be covered in my next post.

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Cutting the back-plate:

I cut a nice 4mm thick piece of pine (I think) to 61 cm by 40 cm. Then with my dad’s careful assistance and help; I cut a 2.5 mm strip to match the outside dimensions of the back-plate. Then I cut matching 45 degree slants into that strip. One of the strips was marginally shorter than the others so I shaved a bit off one side of the back-plate to compensate.

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Gluing the “margins”:

Now that everything is cut out, I needed to glue the margins on. Doing to ended up a slightly messy, yet solid result. I used wood glue for this, just so you know, and I applied it to the margins in a very very shallow layer. Pressing down with some books now, I let the glue dry for several hours.

In the pictures above you can see that I have put the cells on the unfinished base just for looks really. I also learned that the best way to transfer these cells is by flipping and flipping requires the strings to be taped together.

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Painting:

Painting is simple, just spray an overlapping coat from ~8 inches away, flip and repeat. After the paint dries I put the cells back on and drilled two holes, 1 mm apart between the two top tabs. I made a slight mistake of not pushing extra delicately and ended up with a few splinters near the holes.

Vladislav Pomogaev

I'm a highschooler who is interested in technology, science, and engineering. In my spare time I work on projects that allow me to learn new skills and concepts. - Vlad

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