In Tricks of the Trade

We may receive a commission when you use our affiliate links. However, this does not impact our recommendations.

Although I have several commercially made accessories for clamping mitered frames, they don’t work well on small frames. So, I devised my own small-frame clamping method.

First, I made four V-shaped corner blocks out of 3⁄4″ MDF. Along the outside edge of each corner piece, I cut a groove about 1⁄4″ deep and 1⁄4″ wide, and drilled a hole in each inside corner to allow for glue squeeze-out.

Then, I screwed one of the corner blocks to a sheet of plywood; this stationary block helps stabilize the clamping process. I laid a sheet of waxed paper on the plywood to prevent the frame from sticking to it.

After applying glue to the mitered frame corners, I slid the frame between the four corner blocks. Then, I stretched a length of bungee cord around the corner pieces and secured it with a toggle. The grooves hold the cord in place. -Bill Wells

Product Recommendations

Here are some supplies and tools we find essential in our everyday work around the shop. We may receive a commission from sales referred by our links; however, we have carefully selected these products for their usefulness and quality.

Recommended Posts

Start typing and press Enter to search