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    frame clamps

    what is the best clamp set up for a mitred frame? i know my idea wasnt it!!! i am not gettin intot he picture frame business but i got some tomake and can see where a mitered clamp setup can be useful.. so what are your choices and why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    what is the best clamp set up for a mitred frame?...so what are your choices and why?
    Those plastic corners with quarter inch threaded rod connecting them do a fairly good job.

    So does the "merle" clamp from MLCS.

    I usually use these, though. I have two of them.

    These work pretty well, too. I have four of them.

    Or, you could just make up a good square of 3/4" plywood, drill a couple holes in it to hold the clamp heads, and use it on the inside of the corners, with a couple "F" clamps.

    All the methods work, but my preference is for the big frame vises. BTW, I picked mine up at a garage sale - $10 for both of them...
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    I have two Merle clamps from MLCS. They work fine but are a bit much for small frames.

    I have one of these sets that I use routinely for frames.

    I'm thinking about building a frame clamp like this one. I think it would be simple to build and easier to use for small to medium frames than the others.
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    I have two of the clampmate like Bill is thinking of making and one that uses the cornors and threaded rod. I use them to clamp baby caskets and use them top and bottom with the threaded rod clamp in the middle to hold the center tight.

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    mostest-bestest i know of
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    Larry
    I was in the same spot last winter with a bunch of frames to make for a backlog of needlework and such around the house, but not interested in setting up a "framing shop".
    I bought the Lee Valley/Veritas speed clamp, similar to what others have recommended. Works great. Useful for little boxes and such too.
    Peter

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    Woodpecker's solution, but not cheap.


    www.woodpeck.com/clampingmain.html

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    Here is a new picture frame clamp from Rockler that I believe is based on a European design.



    http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=19732

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    what is the best clamp set up for a mitred frame?
    I don't think there is a "Best" clamp, they are all good IF your miter cuts are accurate. If they are not 45 degrees then the rest is history.

    DKT

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