Introduction: Easy Picture Frame Clamp

Simple picture frame clamp holder
Making your own picture frames allows you the freedom to create custom picture frames for a home. This simple picture frame clamp holder makes the project even easier.

Over the years I have made hundreds of picture frames, whether for our DIY workshops, for my own home, or for the www.Home-Dzine.co.za website. I have come across many different ways to hold the mitred corners in place, either using strap clamps like I did with my photo frame, or using fancy home made templates - most of which are a mission to cut.

I wanted an easy way to hold the mitred corners perfectly aligned while the glue dries and came up with this very simple solution that can be done with a single offcut of timber of board. All you need is a carpenter's square or steel corner to use as a guide for cutting perfect 45-degree cut outs.

Mark the cut out and remove with a jigsaw. The lines need to be perfectly straight in order to ensure that your mitred corners are also perfect.

This method of clamping a corner only requires a single quick clamp that can be removed once the glue has dried and the corner is firmly secured together.

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RichFarwell (author)2016-10-17

In case nobody noticed: Picture #3 (middle pic; no clamps) shows a nice gapless miter joint. Look at the clamped miter and you see a gap on the inner part of the joint.

Your "clamping" method only holds the miter in place. It doesn't apply pressure across the joint. Plus if your "clamp" is any greater than 90 degrees, you'll get that gap.

It might be possible to get the clamp to work if you cut the outside board to less than 90 deg. -- say 89deg. That way the clamp applies a little pressure across the joint, squeezing it together.

You would be much better off using a band clamp or pinch dogs.

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BeachsideHank (author)2015-03-14

The clamping action can be improved somewhat by boring a relief hole at the fixture angle's juncture.

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vinz3nt (author)BeachsideHank2015-03-14

please explain, sounds very interesting

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BeachsideHank (author)vinz3nt2015-03-14

http://www.e22.biz/Uploads/Editor/Design%20Guide/0...

Also, dub off the sharp point of the triangle. Combined, both enhancements will give the best results to your simple fixture, provided the 90 degree cut of both workpiece and fixture is very accurately done. There's more that can be done, but it is beyond your published aim of simplicity for this post.

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vinz3nt (author)BeachsideHank2015-03-15

Thanks! Very clear and it makes sense. I will try this when I'm going to make this tool.

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