Wanna know the difference between a professional looking framing job and what most people have hanging in their abode? Its all about the matting.
The problem is that at Toolmonger we were definitely born with the uber-cheap gene, and we refuse to pay $100 plus for a custom matte job. That’s why we just placed an order for Logan’s 301-S compact matte cutter. With the 301-S and just a little bit of practice, we’re gonna bring out the “inner masterpiece” in that $20 print of “dogs playing poker” we picked up at the flea market. You can, too.
The 301-S is a 32″ matte cutter that offers affordable and professional results while boasting a street price of around $70. It features an open ended guide rail that lets you perform bevel cuts in matboards of any size. You can cut boards up to 29-1/2″ without even repositioning.
To make a cut with the 301-S, just line up your board with the guides and drag either the straight-angled blade (or one of the beveled blades) along the guide track with a bit of steady pressure. Don’t expect perfect results the first time, but with 30 minutes or so of practice on some “spare” matting, you should be good to go.
The cutter kit includes beveled and straight cutting heads, a parallel matte guide for setting border widths from 3/4″ to 4-1/4″, a safety lock to keep the matte guide secure during cutting, a serrated aluminum guide rail, and five extra blades. If you’re a matte newbie, you’ll appreciate the instructional DVD Logan includes in the kit.
We’ll let you in on the local frame shop’s dirty little secret: When you pay out the wazoo for that 24″ x 36″ matte cut, they then take the middle and sell it again as, say, an 18″ x 30″. Then a 13″ x 20″. Then an 8 x 10″. Then a 4″ x 6″. By the time they get done, they’ve sold that $50 matte board for $500. Hey, it keeps the doors open, right?
The bottom line: You can buy this system and a couple of matte boards for about as much as you’d spend on a single custom job at a framing shop. From then on, you’re set. Now you’re the one re-using the cuts off the full-sheet matte board you’re buying cheap.
Saving money, satisfying the cheapness in us, and still making our wall hangings look hot — sign us up.