My first woodworking project. I've completed a large puzzle, dimensions ~ 62" x 42", and I'm interested in creating a "frameless" frame to mount it on the wall. This would involve cutting and securing long, slender cuts (preliminary dimensions 1" x 2") to a 1/4" thick piece of MDF board. The entire process can be seen here.

The video uses pine DAR (Dressed All Round, seems to be an Aussie product) secured to a 6mm thick MDF board. The sides of the pine DAR are stained as well. However, I can't seem to find any DAR locally in the US. I've seen that furring strip is cheap and comes cut in dimensions I can easily work with.

  1. Is furring strip "structurally" sturdy enough for me to use in this application?
  2. Is there a specific name for the "x brace" pattern being used here?

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    Note that most people are not going to visit that video link. You should make sure everything you relevant is in the text of the question. For example, does this construction require some sort of plywood backing? It's unclear to me what the actual construction is.
    – user5572
    Aug 20, 2019 at 20:25
  • Just to confirm what @jdv said, I don't visit YouTube 'blind' vid links as a rule.
    – Graphus
    Aug 20, 2019 at 21:15
  • Now to your main query, I think you need to bear in mind how people need unambiguous descriptions to get a clear picture of something. It's so plain to you because you know what it is already, we don't have that advantage. So basically try to do an ELI5, and use no local terms so there's no confusion — DAR for example is not used worldwide, I'd never heard of it before today. It appears to be an antipodean term only, possibly Oz only!
    – Graphus
    Aug 20, 2019 at 21:29
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    OK, I had to look up ELI5. Also antipodean....WAIT, was that your intention? :)
    – Ashlar
    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:01
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    Ahh yes, TLA. Pretty sure I've flown that on that airline. Aug 22, 2019 at 20:42

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You could use 1x2s if you can find some that are good quality or could rip some from wider boards. The 1x2 furring strips I've seen tend to be inferior quality wood, and more often than not warped, twisted, and bowed.

I don't know of a specific name for that kind of frame construction, but wouldn't be surprised if there was one.

  • Thanks for the advice Greg. I evaluated the quality of furring strips yesterday at the lumber store and came to the same conclusion. For anyone reading this in the future, furring strips are inferior quality and warped. I settled on some 1" x 2" x 8' pine, which worked really well.
    – Yasir C
    Aug 23, 2019 at 15:55
  • Excellent! Glad to hear it worked out for you.
    – gnicko
    Aug 23, 2019 at 15:57

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