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I have 4 corner clamps for gluing up picture frames. I bought them in my youth when cheap was the right price. Today I spent over an hour trying to get a frame squared up. I am in need of a new set of corner clamps.

What clamps are others using to hold their miters for gluing? I know there are a lot of choices out there from individual corner clamps to self centering all in one clamps as well as nailers that are a clamp.

I am not married to one system over another I am just looking for a good clamp that I will not feel I wasted my money on.

Any suggestions would be great.

Thanks
Rob

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!


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#1 posted 1791 days ago

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#3 posted 1791 days ago

I have those clamps but I like to use biscuits on my picture frames and do one corner at one time I just hold them tight for a few minutes then move to the next one it’s a lot faster than trying to work those clamps.

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#4 posted 1791 days ago

Check out the ones I did.

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#5 posted 1791 days ago

Take a look at these from Lee Valley. Even is they are cheap (clearance) they are great. Once clamped, you can let the glue dry or you can pin the corners with a pneumatic nailer. Since I own four of them, a frame is done is minutes.

http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=1&p=62624&cat=1,44047

Best,

Serge

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#6 posted 1791 days ago

Bricofleur…I have those and they don’t work that well.

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#7 posted 1791 days ago

Serge I was looking at your www.space what do you call those red clamps,they seems to work very well.

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#8 posted 1791 days ago

http://www.woodcraft.com/Images/products/03W52.jpg

These clamps are excellent. Very stable and quick. They are pricy which is why I only have one.

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#9 posted 1791 days ago

They are Bessey K-Body clamps. I own the discontinued model. Take a look at the new ones from Lee Valley.

http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=1&p=60315&cat=1,43838,43844

Pricy also, but very effective. But for miters, I rely on the corner clamps I posted earlier. If I were doing lots of miters, I would go for the one Rob Brown posted, which I believe are also made by Bessey.

Best,

Serge

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#10 posted 1791 days ago

Merci Serge

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#11 posted 1791 days ago

There is a cast iron frame holder by the same company that makes that guillotine that shaves paper thin slices of frames to match them up, I’ve seen them used in professional frame shops. I am not sure who carries them now but I think Rockler did carry them both and they weren’t that spendy. I have some of the above clamps and also use a home made jig of 2×4’s attached to 3/4” sheet stock that are aligned in an accurate 90 degree configuration with a space between the boards to allow pinning, . You can then rotate the frame and add another side until you are done. You have to be sure your pieces are cut accurately and check diagonally for accuracy. I’ve used this jig for picture frames, doors, boxes, cabinets and special table tops. Works well.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#12 posted 1790 days ago

I made the corners and bought the strap from one of the car supplies stores…they come in a variety of lengths and strengths…this one is 1½” wide and 12’ long…

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niki

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#13 posted 1790 days ago

niki…you have a great jig.
noto….your right exact 45*.
I use regular biscuits.

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#14 posted 1790 days ago

Here is another easy way using parallel clamps and corners blocks. My corner blocks are made from ¾” plywood. I use Bessey K-blocks to support the corner blocks but any shopmade riser blocks will do.

Niki – I like the dowels at both ends of your measuring sticks. Clever !

Best,

Serge

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#15 posted 1789 days ago

Thanks all for the feedback.

It is much appreciated.

Rob

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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