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2.5 inch deep strainer bar source

Jerry Hadam

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So besides the fact that I call one supplier and ask for stretcher and they tell me what I want is a 'strainer' bar. Called my next supplier and they say that a strainer doesn't have the bump that keeps the painting from touching the inside edge......(what a run around).

I have need for 2.5 inch deep wood to mount paintings on (with a raised bump on the edge of the face) for a series of oil paintings for a local gallery.

None of my usual suppliers has this depth of material. The couple of folks I called were less than inspiring....one guy said just place the order online and we'll call you...when I started asking about cutting length for more shipping friendly sizes.

Anyone?
 

wvframer

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Vermont Hardwoods will have what you need. Also, check Jack Richeson. And you might search "stretcher bar" and "strainer." There was a recent thread about suppliers that folks were happy with.
 

Dan Berg

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As a former cabinetry shop owner I still have all my millwork connections so we have them custom made out of clear poplar.
My suggestion would be to find your local millwork company with a 4 head moulder and just have them made like we do.
We order 3 different sizes 3/4" x 1 1/2", 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" and 2" x 1 1/2" about 300 feet of each at a time.
Of course you need a dual mitre saw and underpinner. If you do a lot of canvas and want consistent results it is the way to go.
 

wpfay

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Here's a good explanation of the difference between Strainers and Stretchers, and a possible source for the product you want,
Being from the left coast, this might be a bit closer for you as well.
I've done a bit of a search, and for that depth it does look like they will have to be custom milled. The deepest Jack Richeson stocks is 2.25" and that is their hybrid Pro Bar.
Contrary to what Dan said above, I would not mill these from poplar as it is a bit too active. Your best bet is No.1 Basswood.
 

Dan Berg

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30 years in the lumber/cabinetry business and no problems here. Properly dried, stored and than a good 4 head moulder makes them pretty darn straight. Where the problems come in is when shops take them home and store in an unheated area then back into the shop heat and wood does't like that. Sure you get the occasional twist but all wood has some of that. We ran a thousand feet of maple several years ago just to try it. All that we found out (Which we knew already) is that it was heavier and more expensive.
 
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