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Tabernacle type Frame ??

Woodworks by John

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I have a client that's interested in a tabernacle style frame for a recent painting. It's about 24 x 32 so a fairly large size. I've attached a screen shot which shows a gilded panel inside of the actual frame. She likes this concept so wondering if this could be made of 1/4" MDF out of one piece to eliminate potential separation. This piece would be gilded (budget says composition leaf at this time) over a brushed on primer/sealer. Still playing with the overall design of the rest of the frame so looking for inspiration wherever I can find it! Not interested in a lot of scrolls or carving (thank goodness) so my plan is to mill most of it, including a coved piece for the top -- maybe even some dentil molding as well. The over-all design doesn't need to be "period correct" but rather something that conveys the tabernacle feel in an updated way. Any thoughts or sources of information are appreciated.
 

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Melinda Tennis

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Pat Murphey

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Look at Munn Farmeworks profiles available in gesso. You could add corner blocks and miter a profile like a crown moulding for the top - worth thinking about. Talk to Max.

http://munnframeworks.com/
 

Gilder

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Those frames could be easily assembled, any hardware store that has millwork like Lowe's or Home Depot.
 
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Frances M.

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I Had a spandrel made for me by Frank's Fabrics but the thinnest MDF they had was 3/8", which was a bit thick. Raphaels is back in business - you may have search threads for phone # - I think they can do 1/4 MDF. For mine, I cut a mat on the Wizard and sent it to Frank's to use as template. It was very smooth and sturdy, though I was doing a painted finish.
 

Woodworks by John

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I Had a spandrel made for me by Frank's Fabrics but the thinnest MDF they had was 3/8", which was a bit thick. Raphaels is back in business - you may have search threads for phone # - I think they can do 1/4 MDF. For mine, I cut a mat on the Wizard and sent it to Frank's to use as template. It was very smooth and sturdy, though I was doing a painted finish.
Awesome -- thanks for the info. I have 1/4" MDF and will use that. I'll make my own template for the curve at top and pattern route it to shape. I'm doing another frame with composition leaf so will experiment on some scrap MDF to see how it goes. We'll see what happens but I'm optimistic!
 
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Gilder

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Looks great!
 
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