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Alan E. Barton
Im just about to switch from 11 x 14 mat boards for my 10 x 8 contact prints to 14 x 18-just too cramped on the 11 x 14. I had been using fully finished frames (ie no work!) in black wood. Now it seems no-one makes ready to use frames in th e 14 x 18 size-Ive looked in Light Impressions and a couple of other places. Any sources Im missing or am I destined to buy the parts and make up the frames mys elf?
Check Light Impressions again. In their latest catalogs they show custom size wo oden frames fully assembled. I think the price wasn't much different from metal section frames.
I would buy black maple hardwood frames (Style 5900) from Daniel Smith. The cost should be about $23 for 2-14" and 2-18" framing strips. The framing strips are joined with wood glue and a hard plastic spline which slides into pre-cut slots in the framing strip. The assemly work takes about five minutes, although you will probably need to let the glue dry overnight. Daniel Smith also offers a variety of wood frame profiles and finsihes, including black, natural, mahogany, and unfinished.
This is not a precise answer to your question but related to framing and presentation in general. A good source is United Mfrs Supplies (www.unitedmfrs.com). They offer archival products at reasonable prices.
Richard M. Coda
Try American Frame http://www.americanframe.com/ They have two styles available in any size, assembled. Try the "Maple" and "Econo Wood" series. I have used them and find them a nice alternative to going to the frame shops.
Also, consider 14x17" vs 14x18" for 8x10. 14x18" seems too "long" to me for 8x10.
Ditto for me on using 14x17, not 14x18.
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