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Cutting Thin Mats on CMC's

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by shayla, Jun 27, 2019.

  1. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    For those of you who cut 2-ply on your CMC's, do you change anything with the slipsheet layers? Our Wizard usually has a 40 x 60 backing board, over which we lay a 32 x 40 slip mat for most projects. On top of that goes the mat we're cutting. Do you add an extra 4-ply mat, so it has two layers underneath, or just leave the one and set the blade deeper?

    Seems that a past thread had chats about layering 1 and/or 2 ply between larger sheets to cut it (not to be confused with the laminating that can be done with same). I also recall that perhaps Jim Miller has cut his mylar spider mounts by sandwiching mylar between two sheets of mat. I just cut a 2-ply mat to surround the art behind its mat proper, and it got me to wondering about all of this.
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    MATTHEW HALE CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    we keep 2 layers of 4-ply board on the machine as slip sheets. I cut 2-ply board all the time without adding extra slip sheets. i set the blade depth at about 6 or 7 (10 or 11 is our norm for 4-ply) and it works just fine.
  3. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    Glad to hear it. I ended up at 6 for 2 ply, so am glad I was in the ballpark.
  4. samcrimm

    samcrimm CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    I put two 32x40 flaw board ( bad mat board) as my slip sheet, way cheaper that way $2.12 a sheet, use a little masking tape to keep them together.

  5. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    After wading my way through our stock of no-longer-used regular paper mats, I started doing this, too. I don't tape them, but it's a good idea.
  6. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I generally keep a double layer of 32x40 flawboard or the cheapest berkshire board, the top layer of which gets rotated/flipped as needed. When I need to cut 40x60 (or anything beyond 32x40), I orient these vertically and supplement them with an additional similar double layer that I have stored next to the Wizard base cabinet, which I tape in place temporarily with a few tabs of masking tape.
    I also keep some precut 1.5"-wide strips of matboard to tape in place when using the RailDodge feature.
    :cool: Rick

    MATTHEW HALE CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    our local international branch sells 40x60 flaw board so we just keep two full sheets of that on the wizard, with one or two spares on hand.
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  8. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    Me, too.;)
  9. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I use the 32x40 as standard, because the vast majority of what I cut is within that. Since the slip sheet has to be rotated and flipped often, it is more ecnomical and easier to handle. It's easy to supplement the size for the bigger mats when needed.
    :cool: Rick
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