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    Picture Frame Clamp

    I have a need to build some picture frames and I need a way to clamp them up when gluing. I've been looking at this home made clamp that is simple to make and I wonder if anyone has made one and used it? Is it any good and worth them time to build?

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    I have a pre-made aluminum one that seems good on paper, but has only been moderately successful in practice. I'm partial to just using four parallel clamps, since that lets me fine-tune the pressure applied at each corner.
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    My experience echos Vaughn's. Not real good at its job and clumsier to operate than you might think. Make your own BLOKKZ.

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    I find doing 2 sides, then the other 2 sides and then gluing these assemblies together gives me more consistent predictable results.
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    I find that a band clamp plus an occasional bar clamp works great.
    I've got the aluminum one like Vaughns and I agree that the results are not always great.
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    Ahh Haaaa! Thank you gentlemen (I know, I use that term loosely) for the input. Glenn, looks a lot easier to make and easier to use and more effective. When I get back home in about 10 days, I all over making me some of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    I find that a band clamp plus an occasional bar clamp works great...
    On a related note, I picked up one of these a few weekends ago:



    http://www.harborfreight.com/1-inch-...amp-66220.html

    I was using it to repair a picture frame that had two failed joints on opposite diagonal corners. It was a royal pain to get everything lined up, and in the process of messing with things, I ended up breaking another joint open. Ultimately, I did get the frame put back together, but it wasn't easy, and the end result wasn't as good as I would have liked. On the plus side, the clamp was only $6.00.
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    Well I made the clamps like Glenn described in this thread and I see they would definitely work, but not with the clamps I have. I tried several types I have in the shop and none worked good. Being I don't have extra cash right this moment to spend on clamps, I started look at other shop made jig for picture frames. I came across this one, on Youtube. This evening I made a couple and darn they appear they might work. I have half a frame glue up right now. I will know in a while. anyway, they cost me nothing but a little time to make and like I said they appear to work.

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    I don't make that many and just use a band clamp when I do, but that one looks very clever, Paul.

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    Way to go Paul. That is a clever solution you found and a bar clamp replacing the rubber band could be employed for larger work.
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    Nothing to add except those cheapo band clamps should be banned. . i tried a couple of cheapo units that tried to have a go a reproducing the bessey units, suffice to say i should have known better. You get what you pay for in this category.
    Like the look of what you found. Let us know how it works out Paul.

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