This awning frame
spanned 125". The general structure was taken from Susan Day's article
in SewWhat Newsletter, but expanded upon in order to get the support for
Her pattern used a
rod across the front for support of the valance. I chose to turn a 1x4
on its side. This allowed it to span a very wide window without sagging.
I used a 1x2 across
the top and turned another 1x4 on its side for a back brace 1/2 way down.
This design served two purposes:
1. There was space
for the angle irons. They could be mounted first, then the entire frame
lifted and set on them for stability while screwing them in.
2. The middle brace
sat on the top of the window casing, adding extra support to the entire
3 support colums braced
the top board and kept it firm.
The pieces were put
together with wood glue and nails - the same method as for building a
The entire frame was very
stable and strong and could be handled and lifted into place by one person.
It was raining the day I delivered, so it had to stick out the window of the
van. The valance was velcroed to the top and sides of the frame.
My one mistake? The valance
should have been lined in blackout. The shadows from the framing were distracting
See the finished shade: http://seweasywindows.com/gallery/photo_shade5.html
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