Custom Stretcher Bars

We offer custom stretcher bars and braces in two kiln dried wood species: Tulip-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera L.) and American Basswood (Tilia Americana).

 

All of our stretcher bars and cross braces are fully keyable with wooden wedges. Bar and brace joints are mortised and tenoned to allow proper tensioning of the canvas while maintaining strong connections. 

 

To place an order or to receive a quote for customized stretchers, including large folding stretchers, stretchers in fractions, metric sizes, non-rectangular shapes, stretched and primed canvases, or any other custom specifications, please submit a Request a Quote form.

 

We make all products to order from rough lumber. Lead times vary week to week depending on demand.

Properties of Poplar and Basswood

DoubWorks custom keyable poplar and basswood stretchers and stretcher bars

Structure 

Poplar and Basswood have similar structural stability, strength, fine grain, and warp resistance. Basswood is softer than Poplar, more akin to Pine in hardness. 

 

Weight 

On average, Basswood is 8% - 10% lighter in weight than Poplar.

 

Cost

Poplar is the most economical of the two species, as the cost of rough lumber is lower than the cost of Basswood lumber.

 

Color

Poplar is cooler overall, with a green-ish tone. Basswood has a warm, more reddish tone.