I'm about to start making a bunch of frames for pictures of our two kids and
I want to cut the mats myself too.
I've seen the Alto system at a woodworking show
(http://www.altosezmat.com/a-03-00-productinfo.html ) and it looked great
during the demonstration. I also noticed that Lee Valley sells a couple of
Any of you guys cut your own mats with one of the these systems (or another
one)? Comments or recommendations welcome.
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I matted hundreds of pictures in the bad old days with a Dexter Mat Cutter
and a T-Square. Certainly a minimum investment. Remember to give the
bottom as viewed an extra quarter to half inch to over come the optical
illusion. If double or triple matting, you will have to add almost an
eighth as well on the interior mats.
NB - when people ask who matted them, don't admit you did - or admit framing
them. Everyone seems to have a lot of things they want done cheaply....
On Sat, 25 Oct 2003 09:49:47 -0700, "Jim Martin"
I use a Logan, which I still think is damned expensive for a chunk of
aluminium and a razor blade. I don't much like their guide rail, as I
find it too lightweight and prone to slippage. I just use straight
edge, but it's much heavier and has an anti-slip surface underneath.
I don't like systems like the Alto, because it encourages you to cut
ugly matts where every cut is the same distance from the edge. it
probably works fine, but I don't like the result.
is a useful site on some issues around high quality matting and
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I've cut a fair number of mats with the Alto system. It works great. I
have not yet tried the oval templates, etc. which are available - I've
only cut rectangular mats thus far. I've never used the Logan so I
By the way, if you're doing any significant amount of framing, I also
highly recommend the "framing and glazing tool" which Lee Valley sells.
This appears to be the Fletcher FrameMaster, which is what I use
(though mine didn't come from them). It is expensive ($76 plus $17 for
3000 points), but makes short, painless, and curse-free work of
inserting framing points. It's one of those specialty tools that does
just one thing, but does it so well that it's hard to live without once
you've tried it.
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