Where can I get fretwork panels to make a three panelled screen? I've
tried most places but can't seem to find any.
I did think of using radiator panels but they aren't usually wooden so
look a bit naff if used vertically rather than alongside a radiator!
I think you'd be amazed at what these panels look like when properly framed.
To make a panelled screen, you'll need to make some sort of framework to
hold the main panel and hinge everything together anyway so, the fretwork
sheets that the DIY Sheds supply would be the way to go I'd say.
Ah Right ! But if you make the framework out of your choice of timber, then
inlay the MDF board, you'll have kept the cost down and made a lovely screen
with an ? (oak, ash, beech) frame. No ? Just a thought. :-))
Ach now you big wallop, of course you'd need to do something. What about a
metallic paint? There are some water based ones around that are excellent,
with every colour from copper to dull gold to aluminum.
One of the illustrations on jali was down like this and looked fab.
I could probably make the screen, but I'd be hopeless at decorating it. I
don't have the same eyes as a woman, you see. :-)) I only thought that the
frame being natural wood with the effect of the MDF, also being brown wood
coloured, would blend in with it.
I'll get me' coat.
I did attempt to make a small version to see the effect but it looked
like, well..... MDF surrounded by a wooden frame. This being a blinking
great big screen in the end rather hits you in the eye! Plus it's
supposed to be in a room with light oak stuff so consequently might just
look like well.... MDF? I didn't mind paying for decent fretworked wood
if only I could find it! I found eastern ones, which were heavy and dark
and would have fair 'loomed' into the room! I wouldn't even mind one in
deal because I could always matt varnish it with several coats and that
seems to make it look better (well it does on 15 pane glass doors)
But it would look like MDF surely? Does it look like wood when framed
etc with say light oak? I'm not an avid fan of the TV DIY shows products
most things look like they should be on the set of the local dramatic
society than in a home!
There is the old willow trick. Make your nice frame and lay straight willow
twigs behind. Has a certain look though. Not exactly Chippendale, but very
effective. You can get them dead cheap in a garden centre. Might actually
look really good with highly polished real wood frame?
I think all screens are a dust trap but that's another debate.
Yes but it's supposed to hide three large racks of type cases and
drawers plus type, card, chases, ink and so on ! The type cases are all
made in old pine but look incredibly scruffy when collected together in
a dining room!
A carpenter friend reckoned I could varnish the MDF but I'm not so sure!
He said there was a programme on cable the other week which actually
showed fretwork panels but made in wood NOT MDF.
The MDF fretwork panels are made by punching out the design with cutters in
a pressing machine, like a jigsaw puzzle, so the price can be reasonable.
Fretwork panels made from natural wood are very, very expensive, so might
take you a way over what think your budget will be.
I think your next step is to contact your local timber merchant and get some
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