Tabernacle Frame is Done

Woodworks by John

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
I know that there are some of you on the Grumble who have been interested about the progress of this Tabernacle Frame. Honestly, it was a great learning experience and I'm ready to take on another one! I've detailed more of the final stages in the final blog:

Instead of the usual mitered, picture frame construction; the frame was constructed utilizing mortise and tenon joinery which is based on my furniture maker background. Basswood was used since weight was a concern and my client didn't want a lot of the traditional cherubs, flowers, etc. In other words a contemporary take on the Tabernacle Frame. I created the columns and bases while the crown and dentil molding was purchased locally. The Japan black over red clay finish has just enough aging and patina to please the client!

Check out my blogs about it and if you ever tackle one of these I think you'll enjoy it. My client has already teased me with talks of a smaller one that would sit on a shelf or mantle -- I'm ready! The painting is by Christine Vallieres of Phoenix. You can get a feel for the size of this with me standing next to it.

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