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Project by XrayJay posted 02-28-2017 12:35 AM 1288 views 17 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend was talking about one of these that his father had while he was alive. I found some plans online and made him one out of scraps. The blocks are oak from pallet wood. The arms are scrap Maple at ~ 14” and the 90 degree corners are plywood. 2” and 2 1/2” 1/4” carriage bolts with a 3/8” x 12” threaded rod. It was fun to make and not counting a trip to the store for bolts it took most of the morning with 2 coats of poly to apply. Thanks for taken a look.

Website and plans are:
http://sawdustmaking.com/Picture%20Frame%20Clamp%20copy/picture_frame_clamp.htm

My 2¢ use a 3/8”x 12” threaded rod not 1/4” x 6” and instead of 14” arms make them 20” to be able to do larger frames. However if you need to you can quickly make longer arms if you need to later. It’s really easy to make.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10





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bushmaster

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#1 posted 02-28-2017 02:23 PM

Looks like it will work well and be handy to have when needed.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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PaulDoug

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#2 posted 02-28-2017 03:13 PM

I just finished making this same clamp last week. Only have used it once. Was a hassle getting it set up for the size frame I wanted to clamp, but once I did it worked great. I didn’t put the rod in mine, used a clamp to pull the two sides together. I was thinking at the time I was using it might be easier to setup with the rod in. One less thing to have to line up. Maybe I will add the rod.

Nice job on yours. I also built mine with scrap lumber.I used the plans from www.craftsmanspace.com It has a nice set of plans but I found I had to print them at 51% to get the drawings to match the dimension given.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 02-28-2017 05:36 PM

This is a very handy and creative project. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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XrayJay

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#4 posted 02-28-2017 06:15 PM

” I didn’t put the rod in mine, used a clamp to pull the two sides together. I was thinking at the time I was using it might be easier to setup with the rod in. One less thing to have to line up. Maybe I will add the rod.”

PaulDoug it really isn’t that hard to line up BUT I did have a long 3/8 drill bit. The good thing is the wing nuts on both sides you can slowly adjust evenly. I really didn’t think about it because I was going to use a long bolt and adjust on one side but it just doesn’t work as well. Threaded rod is the way to go.

Thanks everyone for the kind words!

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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Desert_Woodworker

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#5 posted 02-28-2017 07:12 PM

Nice project. Yes to 3/8” versus 1/4”

-- Desert_Woodworker

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MrUnix

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#6 posted 03-01-2017 03:23 AM

Good job! I’ve made several out of scrap wood (pallet wood) like yours and use them all the time. One tip – put down painters tape at the corners to keep glue squeeze out from getting on them. Even though mine were finished with poly, the tape still makes it easier to clean up. I also made one for small frames (like 3×3 and 4×4) out of aluminium… think it cost me about $1.80 for the aluminium angle over at the BORG: The rest was hardware I already had laying around (mostly from disassembling treadmills :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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irtamos

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#7 posted 03-01-2017 09:09 AM

Good job.

-- irtamos, Belgium

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#8 posted 03-19-2017 01:19 AM

Very handy idea. thanks for posting.

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