How to Make a Picture Frame Clamp

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How to Make a Picture Frame Clamp
No reason to spend lots of money on a mitre clamp when you can make your own at home. (picture frame corner image by Jim Mills from

One of the most difficult things about creating professional-looking homemade picture frames is gluing the corner joints together with sufficient evenness and stability. To do this properly, you will need some kind of clamp to hold the frame's corner together while the glue dries. But there's no reason to purchase a specifically-made mitre clamp for £9 or more when you can easily and cheaply make your own out of materials you may already have around your workshop.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Spring clamp
  • Oil
  • Hammer
  • Nailset
  • Power drill
  • Scrap wood block
  • Two fine-threaded drywall screws
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Remove the rubber sheaths from the ends of the clamps.

    How to Make a Picture Frame Clamp
    Spring clamps like these can be had for £3 to £6 at any hardware store. (spring clamp image by Jim Mills from
  2. 2

    Clip the clamps onto the edge of your workbench and add a drop of oil about half an inch from the edge of the side facing up.

  3. 3

    Using a hammer and a nailset, pound a dimple into the clamp where you put the drop of oil. Drill a hole that corresponds to the size of your drywall screws through that dimple.

  4. 4

    Repeat Steps 2 and 3 on the other side of the spring clamp.

  5. 5

    Place the block of scrap wood between the clamp's jaws. Screw the drywall screws through the hole, so the points jut into the centre about a half-inch on each side.

Tips and warnings

  • Store this clamp with a block of scrap wood between them, so the screws don't hit each other and get dull.

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