Frame Jig - (yep, another one)

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Project by woodrookieII posted 01-09-2020 11:20 PM 1343 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This posting is about the jig rather than the maple frame. This jig takes a while to make correctly, but is so handy when doing frames. ‘specially the larger frames. This particular frame is for a 16×20 print and this jig handles it perfectly. If you’ve already made your own version please feel free to post pictures in the comment section along with helpful hints on construction.


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#1 posted 01-09-2020 11:23 PM

thanks for posting this,ive thought many times of buying one but i think this would be easy enough to make.this is going on my short to do list,thanks.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 01-09-2020 11:25 PM

I have made a few of these. They work fine, and it’s easy to make different sizes. Plus it’s possible to make one for taller items like boxes, if you use two of them, one top, and one bottom.

Nice job.

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#3 posted 01-10-2020 02:04 AM

Nice job ’drooki’... Simple and affective. Love to see different jigs and the concepts behind them.

.... for taller items like boxes….
- therealSteveN

Made an attempt many, many years ago,

Then I got lazy and bought a greater range of clamps… also the cost of clamps offset the replacement cost of all those wingnuts that I dropped and kept falling through the cracks (if I dropped a magnet it was practically impossible to pick it off the floor)... I was just plain clumsy then and now I have mastered it.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#4 posted 01-10-2020 03:02 AM

Looks very useable and helpful.

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#5 posted 01-10-2020 02:36 PM

nice – a local artist had several 24” x 48” s she wanted framed. I used an extra long ratchet strap -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 01-10-2020 05:00 PM

I have one similar that I made. It does work great. I started with a thread rod and wing nuts to tighten it down on the frame, but pretty quickly discovered a clamp like you picture works better. My only complaint with mine is setting the corner stops in the correct holes in the long arms to begin with. It is trial an error for me and takes me longer than I would like to get it set to clamp the size frame I want to clamp. Is there a secret to this?

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

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#7 posted 01-10-2020 05:28 PM

Looks very cool. What is the advantage of this jig over a strap clamp? I am just curious. I just completed a picture frame and am always looking for an excuse to build a new jig, but space is getting tight!!!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#8 posted 01-10-2020 05:40 PM

Looks very nice and efficient too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 01-10-2020 11:22 PM

PaulDoug: You can’t see them in the pictures, but I have inch ranges marked at each hole on the sides, ie. 4-7 then 6-9, etc. Doing it once takes a bit of time, but then it’s quick and easy to adjust for the right size.

Dwain: Well I’ve never used a strap for frames. For boxes yes, but not for frames. So I can’t really do a compare. Sorry.


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#10 posted 01-11-2020 03:04 PM

These are fantastic especially when you need to make a bunch of frames. I made one of the when my sister in law asked me to make a bunch artist’s panels for the art classes she was taking. The art stores want a ridiculous price for them. If you want to make some money, make and sell these panels to art students. Even using baltic birch you could get a 50% or more markup (materials) and still save the students 25-50% off the retail price.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#11 posted 01-13-2020 10:15 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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