Not exactly woodworking tool recomm. request, but related... mat-cutting (picture framing)

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Forum topic by Millo posted 02-18-2011 04:40 PM 1518 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2011 04:40 PM

HEy y’all, sorry to post this here but I’d like to ask if anyone has much experience w/ the more affordable mat-cutting systems. Do yo have a recommendation?

Has anyone used and/or recommend any of these mat-cutting systems?

Has anyone built a mat-cutting jig from plywood and/or MDF to use one of the commercial 45-degree cutters? Or can I just cut matting w/ a well-placed combination square, straightedge and 45-degree mat-cutter?


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#1 posted 02-18-2011 05:23 PM

Don’t really know.
If I were you i would go to a Michaels or Hobby Lobby or Ben Franklin – the ‘quasi’ big box places that do framing.
A small framing gallery probably would not tell you about what they are using, but the big boys won’t see it as a threat, and also sell mat cutters (at least hobby lobby does) as well as matting. That’s where I would check things out and get a direct recommendation. I’m sure there are folks on LJ that do this also that will chime in.

Good luck

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 05:36 PM

What you could do is like Dave said, go to a picture framing store and ask them their opinion. I know the ones the pros use are very expensive….I was looking for one once and found one that was over a $1000.
There usually are some on Ebay too.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 02-18-2011 05:38 PM

I have the Logan – works pretty well. Mat-cutting takes a bit of practice to do perfectly, but it’s not that difficult. Look around for the Logan products at craft stores – you may be able to get them cheaper due to store coupons. Also check

I was doing mat cutting for clients as a pro photog…not high volume, and the Logan did just fine.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#4 posted 02-18-2011 06:26 PM

Thanks for your suggestions… live4ever, seeing as you have been disappointed in spite of being a pessimist, should I follow your advice? J/k. Yes, I DEFINITELY will NOT be doing high volume, production stuff. I just have to frame a lot of stuff for the house (it will get done EVENTUALLY), and if I have it done for me it’s guaranteed to be more than the cost of a miter gauge and a Logan mat cutter, eventually. Some of these things (silk-screen prints, diplomas, etc.) have been stored for a while and I might need to try to find out how to clean some mildew stains, if that is even possible.

Thanks, cheers…

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#5 posted 02-18-2011 06:31 PM

I had something similar to the Logan. Really just a track & track-locking knife holder. It took some practice to start the cut but I was pretty happy with it. As a woodworker, you might be able to make do with less, i.e., buy yourself a mat cutter & build the guide system yourself. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 02-18-2011 06:35 PM

I have “C” from Logan. It’s excellent for mat and glass cutting,43293

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#7 posted 02-18-2011 07:08 PM

Bertha, that’s what I thought.

Rick, that’s the simplex, right? That’s the one I see on CL here. Thanks for the quote from Jenseits von Gut und Böse.

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#8 posted 02-18-2011 07:18 PM


I have a Fletcher 2000 for mat cutting. I was able to pick it up for close to what a Logan was selling for. I am very happy with it. It is more of a professional model though and hard to find used and expensive new. It is constructed of all aluminum. I bought a used Logan Simplex over eBay prior but the bed got broken in shipment so had to return it. The Logan cutters seem to be pretty good.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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