Question Stretcher Bars

FrameandSaveCT

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Can anyone recommend a supplier of quality strainer stock in the northeast? We are currently ordering from Larson Juhl and are finding a lot of the sticks warped plus the wood they are using is to hard in spots for the staples. We would appreciate any thoughts.


Erik
 
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neilframer

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We stretch well over 500 canvases a year.
Many of them are very large and some go into floater frames so the bars have to be straight.
We use 1/2" tall bars all the way to 2" tall bars.

We get our stretcher stock from 2 local moulding suppliers, CMI and International.
I don't know if they service your area.
 
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MATTHEW HALE

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We stretch well over 500 canvases a year.
Many of them are very large and some go into floater frames so the bars have to be straight.
We use 1/2" tall bars all the way to 2" tall bars.

We get our stretcher stock from 2 local moulding suppliers, CMI and International.
I don't know if they service your area.
are you building these with keyable corners or fixed corner joints? I think both options have their uses; i only ask because i'm interested in how your process for milling keyable corners from length (if that is indeed what you do)
 

wpfay

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Semantics.
Adjustable=Stretcher
Fixed=Strainer
Stretcher stock also typically has a raised bead to keep the canvas from resting on the body of the stock.

Making a stretcher from length stock is fairly simple if you use the system developed by Jimmy Lebron with a simple modification.
Two aluminum or wooden dowels inserted diagonally through the miter and a turnbuckle* that is used to open or close the joint. The original Lebron design had an internal turnbuckle that is typically used in knock-down furniture.
I have made these with hand held power tools, though a drill press and a jig would be advantageous.

*the shorter the turnbuckle, the better.


To answer the OP's question. Quality strainer and stretcher stock is available from Vermont Hardwoods in various sizes all made from No.1 Basswood.
There are a lot of sources for finger-jointed pine, but that is where varying densities come into play.
 

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cjmst3k

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Decor Moulding has very good quality strainer stock. Dirt cheap and very good. I stopped ordering most length mouldings from them due to issues, however their strainer stock has only gotten better over time, and has been consistently great for the last 10 years. Some hockey sticks but for the price, easily worth a few. However if you want "very high end" with lots of extra bells and whistles, these are not those.
 

Terry Hart cpf

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Ditto the Basswood. I'm not out east but if you want good quality straight bars that you don't have to worry about hard pieces bending you staples, you want Basswood. It costs more but well worth it.
 

prospero

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Some stuff I get (UK) is very nice. Clever construction. It's finger jointed pine, which is stronger than
you might think. But the finger join will always be a weak point. However, it's a laminated construction
using two parallel lengths and the finger joins are staggered so no two coincide. This makes it not only
eco-friendly but eco-nomical. 😁 The lamination also makes it stable and not prone to twisting.
 
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