How to Make a Picture Frame Clamping Device – A Woodworkweb woodwoking video Making Picture frames is fun and very cost effective. This clamping device will help you clamp your picture frames together for gluing. When the glue is dry the frames can be removed and nails, screws of splines inserted for additional strength.
Video Rating: 4 / 5


  1. the flash
    March 31, 2015 at 4:45 am #


    March 31, 2015 at 5:03 am #


  3. 51diogenes
    March 31, 2015 at 5:11 am #

    Nice video and good presentation. The frame is effective and ingeniously
    My 2 cents:
    At 4:30 By cutting the block in half, the two pieces become a bit too short
    to safely cross-cut the shoulders with the miter gauge. I suggest leaving
    it at 12″plus a saw cut long. From the mid-length, cut two shoulder cuts,
    each 2″+½ saw cut from the midpoint. Also cut the 2″ shoulder cuts from the
    ends. Cut the piece in half, and then cut all the half-lap cheeks on the
    band saw with fence . Faster layout and safer cutting.

  4. Marv Hawkins
    March 31, 2015 at 6:01 am #

    Thanks for the excellent video! Very few woodworking videos provide the
    total information about each project that you do. Keep up the good work. I
    am SUBSCRIBED to WoodWorkWeb!

  5. Henry Dunsmore
    March 31, 2015 at 6:08 am #

    Thanks for the video. Looking forward to using mine, however, I find that
    there is very little clearance between the arms and the clamping device.
    The arm is square as is the cutout of the clamping device. I assume that
    cutting the corners will give more clearance?

  6. WoodWorkWeb
    March 31, 2015 at 6:52 am #

    @woodlist Yes, good point Woodrow. Rounding off those pivot arms is
    probably a good idea, thanks for the tip.

  7. WoodWorkWeb
    March 31, 2015 at 7:40 am #

    Glad you find the site useful … one of my best woodworking friends is
    from Columbia and how lives a few miles away from me now. Great to have you
    with us Colin

  8. WoodWorkWeb
    March 31, 2015 at 7:55 am #

    Hi John … thanks for posting, always great to hear when people are
    interested in trying out some of our video ideas. Colin

  9. TheTravelRiggers
    March 31, 2015 at 8:31 am #

    Hi Colin. Now that I’ve put the corner blocks on the right way (!) the jig
    works a treat! Many thanks for the video – I’m now making more of them for
    ongoing projects. Thanks again.

  10. WoodWorkWeb
    March 31, 2015 at 8:56 am #

    Hmmm … I had to go back an look to see what you meant, but yup, you are
    right. Probably 2″ is best, but the real answer is this, once you get the
    arms attached, they should rotate without catching on the 6″ blocks, if you
    go with the 1 1/2″ you can also trim the corners of the arms so they don’t
    catch. Thanks for your comment and your sharp eyes. Great to have you with
    us. Colin

  11. WoodWorkWeb
    March 31, 2015 at 9:45 am #

    Perfect, thanks for the update … maybe we will get to see some of these
    frames ??? 🙂 Thanks for posting … great to have your keen eyes with us

  12. Hoang Cong Thanh
    March 31, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    Great video, thanks a lot for sharing!

  13. TheTravelRiggers
    March 31, 2015 at 10:24 am #

    Great video – HOWEVER, having assembled the clamp as the tutorial shows
    it’s clear that the corner blocks have been put on the wrong side of the
    arms! The whole clamp should be turned over and then the corner blocks
    attached. This ensures the unit lays flat on the worktop! I didn’t realise
    until I saw the ‘Glue-Up’ video which shows the correct assembly!

  14. WoodWorkWeb
    March 31, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    @drail80s Thanks for your comments … the frames does self square, but
    sometimes the joints can be a bit sticky so you may need to help it along

  15. WoodWorkWeb
    March 31, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    Thanks for the note … great to have you with us Colin

  16. Steve Von Bokern
    March 31, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    Are there a set of plans to go with this?

  17. 70ryand
    March 31, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    Nice, at school I needed to make a picture frame but the only thing i realy
    needed were elastic bands

  18. drail80s
    March 31, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

    Thanks Colin, does the clamping jig you show automatically self square up
    the frame, or do the miters just take care of that? Sure is alot easier
    than the way I was making frames sometimes’ Thanks

  19. Ararxos
    March 31, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

    be carefull with that machine!

  20. WoodWorkWeb
    March 31, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

    This frame would be too small to accommodate a 40″ square frame. My
    suggestion would be to make the arms at least 34″ long, remember if they
    are too long you can always cut them a bit shorter … on the other hand,
    if the arms are too short, all you have to do is make 4 new longer arms.
    One other note, for a frame this large you will need to reinforce the
    corners with either a mechanical fastener or cut and glue splines into the
    corners. Would love to see a photo when you’re done 🙂

  21. bati800
    March 31, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

    good work easy but effecint tool. thanks for sharing it with us

  22. WoodWorkWeb
    March 31, 2015 at 3:00 pm #

    Yes, sometimes you may have to round the corners of the arms slightly. Good
    question, thanks for pointing this out. Colin

  23. Rick Herbert
    March 31, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    Hi Colin Thanks for the videos. One question: will this clamping device
    work equally well with a rectangular (non-square) frame? I see nothing but
    square frames in your video and in viewer questions.

  24. Elizabeth Maxwell
    March 31, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

    Great video, thanks so much for sharing! I can’t WAIT to go make my own! : D

  25. WoodWorkWeb
    March 31, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

    Mechanical fasteners are simply staples or screws, nails or any other
    device that would help hold the sides together. Splines are quite easy to
    make and will make your frames very strong. We don’t have anything on this
    topic on the site yet .. let me see if I can put something together in the
    next week or so on this. I would really round out the whole frame making
    project. Thanks for your questions and input.