Framer's Guillotine

September 2002


Framer's Guillotine - back

I had a batch of picture frames to make, when I saw this old Framer's Guillotine on eBay. Managed to get it for about half the price of a modern one, including shipping.

Framer's Guillotine - front

Compared to a modern guillotine it has two obvious differences; there's a carrying handle on the top, and also the track the blades slide on is curved not straight. The carrying handle is a big advantage - otherwise it's all too tempting to carry it with a hand through the frame, near to the blades !

Framer's Guillotine

It's branded "Perkins & Co." with a patent date of 1891. The curved track must have been difficult and expensive to machine - maybe it's intended to give a better shear action ?

Framer's Guillotine

The two blades are mounted in a Vee formation. Sliding the handle from side to side moves them against the stops, shearing a thin paring off the end of the wood.

Framer's Guillotine

The blades appear to be later refits, cut down from a single larger blade. They're made in Sheffield, England, despite the guillotine being American.