Mitres

Bharat Mirchandani

True Grumbler
Joined
Mar 14, 2006
Posts
66
From
Mumbai India
Mitres-Is it better to chop or saw and sand? What do the pros do.
Bharat
 

FrameMakers

PFG, Picture Framing God
Joined
Mar 20, 2001
Posts
7,395
From
Powell, OH
We saw all of our mouldings and rarly need to sand. The key is the quality & sharpness of your blades as well as the trueness of your set-up.
 

Bharat Mirchandani

True Grumbler
Thread starter
Joined
Mar 14, 2006
Posts
66
From
Mumbai India
Hi Dave
I've seen several ads for the ITW-AMP miter sander and many guys on this forum seem to be using one..
 

Bill Henry-

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Joined
Aug 17, 2002
Posts
20,884
From
Boondock Bowerbank, ME
Business
Retired from the grind
In this forum I believe that most of the proponents of sanding miter their mouldings with a saw.

We miter our wood moulding with a Morso chopper. The cuts are smooth and true enough that we do not feel the need to sand them.

The chops we order from our distributors often have a “burr” on the leading edges, which, if we did not re-miter them ourselves, would certainly benefit from being sanded.
 

Rogatory

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Joined
May 8, 2003
Posts
1,077
From
Lubbock, Texas
Bharat, welcome to the Grumble!
(Is Mr.Mirchandani the first from India on this forum?)

What are you doing presently for frames? Are you considering setting up shop to do framing for your photography alone or to do framing for the general public as well?
 

Baer Charlton

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Joined
May 24, 2004
Posts
21,029
From
On FB
Welcome to the Grumble Bharat.

A foot on a chopper that is well maintained can go a lot farther than this generation or the next and if used in a sunny space, (it) could be considered to be "solar powered"...

And in a country that pays dearly for power . . .

So IMHO, I would try using a chopper, and decide down the road about the need for a sander... which I haven't found a need for in the last 40 years..
 

MacGyver

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
Joined
May 27, 2005
Posts
210
From
Whistler, BC
Ditto for most of us here in the G. The chopper (got two of 'em: Morso-F and Framer's Corner from the UK) saves you time and effort for that true mitre. I have never used a saw in my shops and don't think i'll ever trade my choppers for one. ;)
 

Bharat Mirchandani

True Grumbler
Thread starter
Joined
Mar 14, 2006
Posts
66
From
Mumbai India
Hi this is Bharat from India and thanks for all the advice, yes I am setting up shop (have been a photographer for 20 years)and am new to the framing business.Have seen a whole lot of mouth watering equipment but want to make the right desicions.Found this forum a great place.
Thanks everybody
 

Bharat Mirchandani

True Grumbler
Thread starter
Joined
Mar 14, 2006
Posts
66
From
Mumbai India
Hi
Well, I can buy the Morso here in India but may not be able to get it serviced also I read on this forum people having problems getting their blades sharpened (blades have to be hollow ground) and tech. stuff like that.
I saw the Valiani master pro and loved it probably a great mat cutter.
 

Keith L Hewitt

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Forum Donor
Joined
May 26, 2006
Posts
1,466
From
Bollington England
Business
Mfg & exporting mat boards
Happy birthday Bharat :beer: ( 2 x Kingfisher ! )

Just looked up some of your posts and this one caught my eye

So did you go for a chopper or a saw ?

Im quite sure Lion India offer a sharpening service?

BTW flew over you last week on my way from K.L. to Dubai!:D
 

jim_p

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Joined
Apr 8, 2007
Posts
2,151
From
Natick, MA
I used to use a chopper, but I had too many mouldings that would chip out badly on the back side no matter what I did (and I tried every home remedy posted on the Grumble!)

I now use a miter saw, and seldom need to sand. The key is to get several good blades and keep them sharp. I'm averaging getting one blade sharpened per week.
 

artfolio

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Joined
Feb 16, 2007
Posts
3,266
From
Perth Western Australia
I am with Jim.

For many years I used only a guillotine (I hate that term "chopper":fire:) but these days, with so much hardwood and ridiculously hard compo used by manufacturers I had to invest in a saw. Mine is a slide-action Brevetti Prisma with a tendency to "blow off" the back corners but making sure the blades are always in top-notch shape minimises the problem.

I still think the guillotine gives a better mitre but relying on it exclusively limits my options too much.
 
Top