Hi all, as an update I can say I managed to buy an Orteguil orc 80 hand guillotine and built my first frame this weekend.
I purchased the mouldings from LionPic. The bonus for me was that they are located only 20 minutes from my house, so right after I collected my guillotine I drove to LionPic. It was amazing. A small warehouse full of the most wonderful mouldings. I spent 1.5 hours just looking and the sales guy Daljit, was very kind and helpful.
So I ended up purchasing a Fletcher MultiMaster point driver and a couple of 3metre mouldings. One gold, the other a bare oak, which my son helped me wax.
There was a slight gap on the sides. I know I did one side slightly bigger than another, however I was afraid the canvas may not fit, so I winged it.
Here's the finished job:
Loving the framing aspect of painting. I recommend it to all. It's not hard and you'll save a fortune. There is an initial outlay of tool costs of course, but buy the guillotine 2nd hand. As long as the mechanics work, all you might need to do is replce the blade.
One question, when I chop, should I let the guillotine hit the moulding at the fastest speed possible to ensure a clean cut or should I start pushing down when the blade is resting on the moulding?
I noticed also the guillotine does not do both sides at once. It's simply not enough pressure to make the cut. So I did one side at a time.