I have a larger Logan and if you want we can get together and I will show you how I cut matts. I don't have to change blades too often. I agree with Aggie tho the emery boards are useful if you need them.
Lee showed me how a while ago and have cut a few since. I don't see any difference from the mats I cut and those I see hanging in the galleries (well, the pictures inside the mats are usually better in the gallery )
Let's see what I've got in the magic trash can for Mateo!
Lee, thanks I will try to find the time so we can get together - nothing like a little hands on with someone that knows what they are doing to get the hang of it. For me, even though it may be a pain, it is nice to give someone a print that was handled by me from start to finish. But then again, I didn't make the film or the paper... :^)
I would think that anyone that hates to do something is probably doing it wrong. I think the key is to lay out the back of the mat board first and I draw a center line then I measure the print side to side. I divide that number in half. After that I measure both sides to ensure that they are equal. I then use that same measurement for the for the top cut. Now measure the print in the verticle and add 3/8's to the top and 1/2" to the bottom and make a mark there. Carry the mat to the mat cutter and use the mat cutter to draw 4 lines on the 4 marks you just made. Now use the bevel cutter on the 4 marks rotating the board so that you are always cutting to the cut you just made. 4simple cuts and you are done.
The big trick is to cut mats as you finish the prints. That way you are ready for the show and don't have to pull an all-nighter the night before the show hanging. It is really pretty easy. (for me that is)