Computerised Mount Cutting

Ashcraft Framing is fortunate to have a Computerised Mount Cutter (CMC) in the workshop.  The CMC does away with laborious hand cutting of mounts and opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities for designing mounts for a wide variety of framing jobs.CMC

The CMC is basically a very large automated board cutter which operates in 3 directions. It makes vertical cuts and 45 degree cuts for the bevel of mounts. It is driven by computer and uses compressed air to drive the cutting head.  It can cut full sheets of mounts and no time and each mount is perfectly cut each and every time.  Here is a short video of the CMC in action cutting a full sheet of boards.

Taking on a CMC was a big decision for us and so far we are delighted both with the capabilities of the machine and the reaction from customers when the see the results. The range of mount cutting possibilities are endless, from simple rectangles to ovals and rounds to large multi-aperture and complex designs.

CMC Software

The image on the right shows the software used to design mounts and control the CMC. The on the mount on-screen is a double mount with a decorative cut-out on the upper mount showing through.

There are many other designs available and it is easy to design mounts for specific purposes such as football shirt framing and object framing.

Below are some images recent examples of jobs where we have used the CMC. The Harry Potter multi aperture mount includes some words written directly onto the mount using the pen capability of the CMC.

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Using Handy Wrap to Protect a Picture

A while ago I was asked ‘how do I protect a picture after it has been framed’ well, there are many methods but the one I find simplest and most satisfactory is wrapping each side of the frame in Handy Wrap.  Handy wrap is a bit like cling film but it only sticks to itself so it can be wrapped around things and removed easily later.  This method protects effectively against scratching and by careful wrapping on the corners they can be protected too.

I made a quick video to demonstrate, it’s a bit basic and you might want to turn the sound down (must edit that) but I’d thought I’d share it here.

A Handy Tool For Occasional Picture Framers

If you need to frame a just a few pictures, perhaps you are an artist or a photographer preparing for an exhibition but can’t justify the expense of professional equipment, then this tool may be of use to you.  The Fletcher Push Mate is designed to secure boards into frames with the minimum of fuss. It is very easy to use and a lot cheaper than the alternatives. The Push Mate costs £8.50 and is available here.


The Pushmate is supplied with a small pack of push points which are pressed into the rebate of the frame behind the boards and glass holding everything securely. The tool is shaped to hold the points in position while pushing. Push points can be removed with a quick twist of a flat headed screw driver to allow the picture to be swapped.


Tools of the Trade – Computerised Mount Cutter (CMC)


The CMC is a new acquisition for us. It allows us to design and cut our own photo mounts in a variety of styles and designs and gives us a great deal of creative opportunities. We chose the Gunnar F1 Hybrid as we felt is was best for our needs.

The photo shows a close up of the cutting head (above the blue light) and the pen head (with black clamps). The CMC is fast and accurate and we are very pleased with the results we are getting and so are our customers.

Tools of The Trade – The Morso Framers Guillotine


The Morso framing guillotine; to be found in just about every bespoke framers in the UK and probably world wide. The Morso is used for cutting picture frame moulding very precisely to get perfectly formed mitre joints. They are made in Denmark and are very long lasting, mine is quite young at about 15 years