Help finding tool

Cliff Wilson

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The conservator I use locally has mis-placed his fitting tool. It is #2262 in the United Catalog. I tried to order three of them from United, but apparently they are discontinued.

He feels it works best on older "antique" frames and that the"Frame Mate" from Fletcher does NOT do the job the way he would like.

So, does anyone know where I could get a couple of these?

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Rick Granick

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I have seen these in the catalogs of woodworking supply houses like Rockler, Woodhaven, and Lee Valley Tool. Many woodworkers are hobby framers too. (Hope they don't use plywood or MDF for backings).
:cool: Rick
 

Framerguy

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Cliff,

You can get those brad drivers from Grizzly, part #G1468, $7.95 + SH.

You can order 24 hrs. a day at 800-523-4777.

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Bill Henry-

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Several years ago I was in one of those “Salvage/Discount” stores which buys massive lots of junk from fire sales and closeouts then sells it to the public.

In one bin there were hundreds of those fitting tools you are looking for. The store had no idea exactly what they were, but there was a sign indicating that they had purchased those tools which were unused from a contract from the Department of Defense.

Each tool was selling at the bargain basement, heavily discounted price of <u>$35.00</u>. It made me wonder exactly what the DOD used them for and how much we taxpayers got fleeced when gum’mint bought them in the first place.
 

Ron Eggers

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We used to call these "knuckle-busters" and other less flattering names. I still keep a couple of them around for fitting pastels, dried flowers and other especially fragile items.

It's not something you'd use every day, but I'd be surprised if they stopped making them altogether. When you really need one, there's not a great substitute.
 

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When I first went a travelin' as an itinerate framer, I had my own tools: A squeeze nailer (what you're looking for), a small tack hammer with a 7" handle, an awl, 20 pack of single edge razor blades, two match boxes of 18ga & 16ga brads and a utility knife in a pig skin suede tool roll. When I was low on money, I would stop in a frame shop and hit 'em up for a couple of days work. When I rolled out my own "framers tools" they could see my credentials. I never starved and met a lot of wonderful people across this great country. That roll is sitting a shelf not 6 feet from me now. It's one of the few things in this office that isn't dusty.
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