Line the walls of the Captain’s cabin with portholes, making it possible to keep an eye out for landlubbers. They are easy to make, and lots of fun, too!
Gather your supplies
Metal fastening rings
9mm MDF (quantity to suit)
Printed pictures of sea or landscapes
Selley’s Liquid Nails
1. Quantities will vary, depending on the number of portholes required.
2. You can use your offcuts to create more portholes.
- Step 1: Trace around inside of a metal fastening ring onto a piece of 9mm MDF and cut out circle. Place the printed picture over MDF circle and glue into position with spray adhesive.
- Step 2: Flip assembly over and cut around MDF with a scalpel, to remove paper overlap. Fasten metal ring around image to frame the ‘view’.
- Step 3: Place porthole on another piece of MDF. Measure and mark a backing circle, 40mm larger than porthole and cut out. Mark and cut a second circle the same size.
- Step 4: Measure and draw a line 20mm in from edge of second circle. Drill a small hole on line, then insert a jigsaw fitted with a scroll saw and cut out a 20mm-wide hoop frame.
- Step 5: Affix hoop to backing circle with MDF glue. Flip assembly, predrill and drive 3 evenly spread MDF screws to secure hoop into position.
- Step 6: Sand frame assembly and wipe away any dust. Apply stain and varnish.
- Step 7: Centre porthole image within frame and glue into position with Liquid Nails. Once dry, mark position on wall and use a suitable wall fixing to hang in position.
You’ll also need
Scalpel; spray adhesive; MDF screws; jigsaw fitted with scroll blade; power drill; fine-grit sandpaper; Cabot’s Stain & Varnish Satin in Walnut; wall fixings to suit; MDF glue