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Support, display, and preserve your larger works of art with Utrecht Heavy-Duty Canvas Stretcher Bars.
Chosen by professional painters for their reliable quality and sure value, these extra-wide, extra-sturdy bars are made from globally sourced ponderosa pine and hem fir that is seasoned and kiln-dried to resist warping over time. The stretcher bars measure 2-1/4" wide and have a 1-1/4" profile.
Corners are slotted and double-mortised, ensuring that each frame you assemble has perfectly square corners that stay that way. The stretcher bars are beveled on one side to make mounting your canvas easier.
Price is per strip, not per pair. All sizes are interchangeable.
Note — To place a custom cross brace order, please use the form in the Resources tab. You can print and fax the form; print, scan, and email the form; or fill it out in Adobe Acrobat Reader and send by email.
Heavy-Duty Cross Brace Brackets
Purchase this set of two brackets to attach Utrecht Heavy-Duty Cross Braces to the Stretcher Bars.
Heavy-Duty Cross Braces
Designed to work with Utrecht Heavy-Duty Stretcher Bars, these pine cross braces give your frame extra stability. They measure 1-3/4" wide, have a 3/4" profile, and are available in a variety of sizes. For the correct fit, order the cross brace in the same size as your stretcher bar. (The actual measurement of the cross brace will be shorter, but it will be sized to fit inside the assembled frame.) Center-notched cross braces are available. Cross brace brackets (sold separately) are needed to attach these cross braces to your canvas frame.
To place a custom cross brace order, please use the form found here. You can print and fax the form; print, scan, and email the form; or fill it out in Adobe Acrobat Reader and send by email.
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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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Comments about Utrecht Art Utrecht Heavy-Duty Canvas Stretcher Bars:
These are all I use when stretching a large canvas.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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I have bought hundreds of these bars and I wont use others
from Ann Arbor
This product always fits together well and it is the perfect depth for large paintings. I frame paintings in deep floater frames which complement a gallery wrapped painting nicely.
These, "Utrecht Heavy Duty Canvas Stretcher Bars" worked ok.
By Nickname?What artist wants a,"Nickname"?
from Blue Springs, MO
Did NOT warp under load. Took a very heavy-duty canvas and 8 Gesso applications with 9 surface preparations without deforming.
Better than the rest
I stretch large canvases and these stretcher bars are superb. They beat the heck out of the smaller lightweight bars other companies offer!!!
Good product, came broken
from Oakland, CA
These are pretty typical stretcher bars, though I love the depth for the sizes I work in. Easy to assemble, compatible with crossbraces and hardware, didn't warp when I stretched the canvas (60"x84"). Only issue is that 2 of the 4 bars came broken with cracked running along the grain and one piece actually separated from the rest of the bar. Likely has to do with poor packaging. I was able to fix it with wood glue but it was disappointing. #sweepstakes
from new york city
from Charlotte, NC
Great merchandize and good customer service
By young at heart
from east bay, ca
strong for stretching
BEST STRETCHING SYSTEM FOR THE MONEY
By Michael Costantini
from Santa Rosa, CA
I have been a professional painter for 40 years. We recently had to re stretch a number of heavy oil impasto paintings which had been rolled and shipped; a very difficult process. The Utrecht Heavy Duty bars were notched perfectly, adjusted to true with ease, and all in all performed beautifully. They surpass other products costing more.The Blick costumer service system is faultless and a pleasure to work with. Very user friendly online ordering. I recommend to the professional and novice alike.
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Both positives and negatives....
from Coarsegold, CA
Overall, I'd say this is a good product. On the positive side, the bars were totally straight - which I am a stickler about - and are very sturdy. On the negative side, just be aware that you'll need to sand the edges where the canvas will be bent over the bar, as these edges are very sharp, and could damage the canvas over time. But, that's very common, and almost to be expected. Also, the wood is quite dense, which I imagine helps keep the bars nice and straight, however, if you use a staple gun, as I do, to attach the canvas, many staples will go only part way in. You'll need a hammer to get them the rest of the way in.
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