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Not specifically for an Accucraft tender, but I've built several tenders. I've done frames in wood and in brass rectangular tubing. Both materials worked fine.

A tender frame is pretty basic: four sills, two end beams and bolsters. I think the important thing is to make sure you use mechanical joints to fasten the members together - pins, screws, etc. For the wood frame, I drilled holes in the end beam, then into the ends of the sills. I glued the sills to the end beams with dowels and the frame is quite sturdy.
 
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