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Wood recommendations for picture frame to be sprayed satin black?

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After seeing the prices at a frame shop, I'm making a float frame for the customer of one of my pictures.

It's going to be spray painted satin black. Is there a reason not to use the maple I already have? The cost of the wood doesn't matter for such a small amount.

This is probably something I'll be doing a fair amount, so I'd like to streamline the process as much as possible.

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If it’s going to be (spray) painted I would use MDF. Use a good filler/base coat and spray paint for a perfect finish.
But it depends on form and shape, amd of course if you are looking for stsined wood that’s s different game.
I'm all for cool joints when they look good (I use dovetails in places they show, example below), but in this application a pocket hole joint underneath the frame is going to work as well as anything else and save time. No clamps, no fuss, easy life. View attachment 3869290
Thats some nice dowtails!
Hand or machine made?
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