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These cross-braces are made with the same quality and care as the Best Medium Duty Stretcher Bars. They are made from kiln-dried, knot-free, straight white pine.
Price is per strip, not per pair. These cross-braces are only for use with Best Medium Duty Stretcher Bars.
Please note that even though the cross-braces fit snuggly against the stretcher bars, they must be attached to the frame with cross-brace brackets. Two FREE brackets are included with every cross-brace purchase.
Note — These braces are straight braces only. If notched braces are needed, you have to special order the straight braces to be center-notched so they will fit together properly. To place a special order, please call 1-800-447-8192. When you call, please be prepared to supply the dimensions of the frame you are building and which length you want notched. Notching is an additional charge and you will be notified of the additional charge before the order is processed.
To view a PDF showing suggested cross brace configurations, please click here.
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Note — Order your cross brace length in the same size as the stretcher bar length you want to span — ex. if you have a 18" × 48" frame, purchase an 18" brace to support the longer side.
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Responsive and excellent attention to detail.
Comments about Best Medium Duty Cross-Braces:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By The Mouse Man
from Wakefield, MA
I am able to complete my artwork at reasonable Blick prices and make a reasonable profit upoin sales.
wont be buying again
from Brooklyn, NY
I purchased the 36" crossbars and was disappointed when I realized they don't fit snuggly within the frame. I had to insert shims to make up for the gap between the frame itself and the plastic bracket. The screws are really cheap and three of the heads broke off while I was assembling. Also, they provide six screws, but 10 are definitely needed to make the cross bar and bracket secure. Wont be buying this again. Better to go to home depot and cut your own.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear of the issues you encountered with these cross braces. Please know that you are entitled to return any product that you are not completely satisfied with.
from Boynton Beach FL
these are for high end paintings....highly reccomend
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Charleston, WV
The Cross Bracer was too short to use for a painting the size it was meant for. It was an inch and half too short. This forced me to have to make one to go with the standard stretchers.
Merchant response: We apologize, it sounds as though you have received defective product. At Blick we attempt to send out every order free from defect or damage. However, these types of issues do arise occasionally. Customers who receive defective or damaged items should contact our Customer Service department via email or by calling (800) 723-2787 and we will work with you to rectify the situation.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
By costume painter
from lake placid ny
My inexperience shows, but it would have been useful to have an explanation somewhere that a 48" stretcher goes with a 48" cross brace.
Best Quality & Value
from GSO, NC
Used in Commercial Display - far exceeds "craft store" grade stretchers.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
from Maine coast
We love the BEST stretcher strips. Generally, there is eveidence of very good QC with them. However, the cross-braces seem to have much lower QC. Both their lengths and their rabbet depths have way too much variability. It's a much simpler piece, so it seems strange that the simpler piece exhibits such poorer QC.
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