Over the years we’ve been in business, we’ve had many customers ask us if we had an economical and keyable frame that was around 1-1/2″ thick. Our heavy duty stretchers proved to be a little to expensive for the print-on-canvas market. Two months ago after some R & D in the shop, I came up with a completely new design which is so simple I wondered why I hadn’t thought of this years ago! Here’s my actual drawing of the corner joint I made on the day I created this new design….
The new design uses one tapered key per corner instead of the traditional two keys per corner. The 1/4″ key slides into a 5 degree tapered corner slot which expands the frame the further it is tapped in. The unique feature of this stretcher frame is that the key has a dual purpose: it acts as a spline to align and stabilize the corner joint, and it’s tapered shape causes the frame to expand when the key is tapped into the slot. With this keyed system, you can very easily stretch a canvas DRUM TIGHT!
The Gallery wrap stretcher frame is very easy to assemble. You simply place the bars into position, staple the corner joints together using a standard staple gun with 3/8″ or 1/2″ staples. We recommend you use two staples per joint both on the top and bottom of the frame. The canvas can then be stapled to the frame. A minimum 2″ wide border is needed in order to “wrap” the canvas around the frame. If you need any coaching on how to stretch a canvas onto a frame and how to fold canvas corners properly you can look at our online instructions and video.
If you are interested in trying out this new Gallery Stretcher, we are offering a great deal on a sample 16″ x 20″ gallery wrap stretcher frame – only $10 and FREE SHIPPING.
The Gallery Stretcher bars are available online as stock bars in 1″ increments from 6″ to 48″ in length. Braces are also available for providing extra frame support where dimensions exceed 36″. And , of course, we can custom make any size you need if you can’t find a size that works.
So if you’re a photographer or a print-on-canvas business looking for a easy and economical way to stretch your canvases, try out the new Gallery Bar. Call 1-800-561-4944 if you have any questions.