Custom Panels: Cradled Wood Panels, Artboard, and Aluminum Composite Panels

Panels are the ideal choice when your chosen medium or methods may benefit from or require a rigid substrate. The Opus Custom Surfaces Service offers Cradled Wood Panels, Artboard, and Aluminum Composite Panels.

Premium ¼” thick birch plywood is backed with pine bars to create our sturdy and heavyweight Custom Cradled Wood Panels, constructed with attention to detail and durability in mind. The 1½” deep pine frame supports the smooth plywood surface, for a finished panel depth of 1¾”. The wood is unfinished, allowing you to prepare the surface with the ground best suited to your media first. They are a perfect product for any artist looking for a rigid and smooth surface to work from, along with solid construction that helps ensure longevity. Custom Cradled Wood Panels are available in a minimum dimension of 8″ x 8″ and up to a maximum dimension of 55″ x 55″, with larger sizes cross-braced for added structural support.

Note: We also offer ready-made cradled wood panels, created to the same standards as our custom panels. Opus Finest Cradled Wood Panels are available in 4 of our most popular sizes on a 1 ½” depth strainer. You can also purchase the same premium plywood used to face our Custom and Finest Cradled Wood Panels as a pre-cut board without the cradle frame. Opus Pre-cut Birch Plywood is available in 12 sizes from 5″ x 7″ to 22″ x 28″.

Opus Custom Surfaces Custom Artboard Custom Artboard combines the choice of custom sizes with the convenience of a prepared and rigid surface. This economy-grade surface consists of untempered hardboard coated with an acrylic primer on one side. Custom Artboard is available in a minumum size of 5″ x 5″ and up to a maximum size of 47″ x 95″.


Aluminum Composite Panels are composed of two aluminum sheets, painted white, that sandwich a black polyethylene core making these panels very light and dimensionally stable. They can be used in a variety of ways, but have been especially popular as a stable and light weight mounting surface for photographic works. These panels are great to experiment with as they can be prepared to accept material ranging from spray paint to oil based paints. Custom Aluminum Composite Panels are available up to a maximum size of 47″ x 95″.

Note: We also offer readymade Opus Art Board in convenient pre-cut sizes.