I just got back from a two week trip to Asia and part of the "surprises" I brought home to my family were a variety of really nice oil paintings that were extremely affordable. My wife loves the paintings and wants to put them up, but unfortunately they now need to be framed. She prefers the somewhat ornate classical style frames that you might find in a museum (e.g., gold painted, carvings, etc.) which can be extremely expensive and more than negate any savings I had from buying the actual paintings.
So...I was trying to find out if there was a way to build some frames in the desired style. I know it would take more than just a nice router bit, yet I have been unsuccessful in searching the web for ideas. Some possible options have come to mind, such as using ornate house molding to mock the style, buying or building a copy carver to duplicate frames we already have, etc. If I were rich, I'd look into one of those CNC things they have at Sears, but then I would probably could just buy the frames :-)
Does any one have experience or advice in building these kind of frames? I'd appreciate any pointers.