|Forum topic by Scott||posted 03-16-2014 06:03 PM||706 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
03-16-2014 06:03 PM
I’m making a lot of frames for some artwork and some of the mats will not be standard off the shelf. Custom mats can be pretty expensive, too. I’ve thought about buying mat cutting system in the past but the models I would want run $300-$400.
I was thinking that it’s probably not too difficult with the right parts. I would likely use off the shelf cutters but build the rest myself of an assortment of parts.
It seems the key elements are the work surface, the straight edge for the reference, the straight edge for the cutter to run along on, and some sort of hold down for the mat board.
I would like to keep it under $100 or so but would spend more if I end up with something better than I can buy.
I would also consider buying a cheaper used system off of Craigslist or Ebay and then just copying it and making it bigger and better.
Anyway, if anyone has done this and can share some info and advice or can point me to some references, I would appreciate it! Thanks!