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our studio panels

How they are manufactured

Pictureframes.co.uk who manufacture many of the Square & Golden Products, first developed the technique above for making box frames. It was possible using the technique to make a very strong but light box structure to fit in the back of a frame for object framing. The process is still in regular use for this purpose.

A great customer and friend of Pictureframes, Maaike Pope Zurcher saw one of these boxes in the workshop one day and commented that it would make a great surface to paint on. The rest is history -Thank you Maaike!!


S&G Studio Panels are made from 6mm MEDITE PREMIER. MEDITE SMARTPLY, based in Clonmel in Ireland, was the only FSC® certified manufacturer of MDF in the world when we started making the panels. 

Step 1

The panel blanks are cut to size using a computerized beam saw for total accuracy. We then V-groove them to within 0.6mm of going through – this depth has to be exact in order for the process to work. Note that this V-groove will end up on the back of the panel so, unlike any competing product there will be no join on the surface or sides of the finished product.


Step 2

After the panels have been V-grooved, we cut the corners out which allows us to fold the MDF into a five sided box.

Step 3

We now make the sub-frames out of FSC® certified finger-jointed pine to fit perfectly inside the back of the panel. The panel would still be very strong without this but this sub-frame facilitates hanging or fitting into a floating frame.

Step 4

Now we apply glue into the V-grooves and fold the panel up around the subframe where it is clamped until the glue sets.

Step 5

Finally, we spray a white primer onto the back of the panel to prevent moisture ingress from the rear. After a light sand and labelling, this is the raw panel complete or ready to start the gesso process for a gessoed panel.

And here is one of Maaike’s works on a Traditional Gesso Studio Panel