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Forum topic by teekay posted 10-17-2016 11:05 AM 148 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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teekay

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10-17-2016 11:05 AM

Hi
I’ve designed a wooden frame which will hold moulds of my baby’s hands and feet. I’m going to make it into a shadow box. For the actual box part, is it better to make and MDF box or a cardboard mat box?


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#1 posted 10-19-2016 12:22 AM

teekay,

If I were to build a shadow box, I would opt for MDF over matte box cardboard. I am not sure where I could purchase matte box cardboard, how I could apply finish or upholster it, or how to create lasting joints.

MDF, although a very dust material when milled, accepts wood glue, accepts routed profiles, and is a smooth paint grade material. Additionally, MDF can be worked so that it can accept a glass front and the solid back, features that would keep dust at bay and thus better preserve and protect the plaster (I assume) impressions. I am also sure that MDF will take more abuse than matte box cardboard, not that the shadow box will see much abuse.

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