How to make a picture frame clamping jig.

I'm going to make something
with me, David Picciuto. And today I'm going to show you how to
make this picture frame glue-up jig. That Is going to make your
life so much easier. Check it. Today's video is brought
to you by Squarespace. I've been making picture
frames for a long time. I've got plenty of videos on
the jigs and how to make frames. And in a lot of those videos, I am just taping the corners
together with blue painter's tape. While the glue dries. I have needed
this jig for quite a while. It is time. We finally make one. So first thing we're going to do is
we're going to head to Kencraft to go get some wood. I got this piece of red oak that we're
going to use for the jig and this piece of soft maple that we're going to use
for making the picture frame later on in the video. You can make the jig out of
whatever you want. It can be plywood. It's probably preferred that
you use plywood.

it doesn't really matter. As long as it's nice and flat like
this, I just want mine to look pretty. It's going to last me for
hopefully a long, long time. So the very first thing I'm going
to do is I'm going to rip this. I've marked where all the holes
are to be drilled on two pieces. And we're going to double this
up over at the drill press. You can do this by hand. It's
just easier at the drill press. So if you don't have a drill
press, go ahead and do it by hand. Run what you brung. That's the four corner pieces. If you
have a fence for your drill press, that would be even easier. So now
that we have these four pieces done, we need to make the two connecting
pieces that go right here.

And I'm just going to
use the same material, basically the same thing cross
cut it, drill some holes. So now that we've got
those two pieces done, we got four more pieces to make the little
corner brackets that are going to go on each one of these
posts here. Once again, we're going to cut it out of
the same material. All right. So now we're going to take these four
pieces and go drill out a couple more holes at the drill, press. For these four little
bracket corner pieces. We need to make the Pac-Man
mouth on here in the hole. That's closest to the edge. And the easiest way to do that is
just take one of the other blocks.

And we'll just have that point
somewhere in that circle there. And this doesn't have to be perfect,
but if you're weird like me, it does. And we'll deal with that with all four
pieces and then cut that out on the bandsaw. So this isn't necessary, but I'm going to take off the
corners on all of these pieces. See if you can find something
the width of your board. You need to set that on there
and do one of these numbers. And then we'll cut that out over at
the bandsaw. Again, not necessary. You could even freehand
it if you wanted to. On the little corner bracket pieces, we're just doing the one side since the
other side is going to be the Pac-Man mouth. So now I have a round over
bit in my router table, and I'm just going to round
over all of the edges. You don't need a router table to do this.
You can do it with a handheld router, a little palm router and
round over all the edges. Just gets rid of that
harsh edge.

Once again, not even necessary.
Woodworkers love overkill. Now that we did the unnecessary routing
and sanding it's time to assemble it. Um, one of the rare projects that
I make that doesn't involve glue. So just some carriage
bolts in the bottom here. And then these two pieces
go on there like this, and then we've got some wing nuts. And
then these little guys, the PAC man, you go the same amount of holes out
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.

And then you just pin that in
there. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, and then you just pin that in there
and then these can spin freely. But now we need a picture
frame to go in here. Let's make this interesting.
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allowing me to be weird. Let's get back to the picture frame
jig and let's turn the lights back on.

That was fun. We've cut all our
pieces for a couple of frames. This is ready to go. These
little corner pieces here. They just have the carriage bolt
in there and drops right in. They don't have to be fastened in any
way. These don't have to be tight. They're just there to kind of hold
it altogether. This is ready to go. We could use it right
now, but before I use it, I want to wax it down because I don't
want any glue squeeze out to drip onto this and then glue my
frame to my shiny new jig. Also, I realize because the carriage bolts
are sticking out of the bottom there, that this doesn't lay flat. And I think I'm going to have a lot more
success if I countersink these holes. So these bolts sit below
the surface and then this assembly will sit flat against the bench.

Let's test this guy out. These
guys, got the wing nuts on there. Like I said, it doesn't need to be tight. You can even use what are
these called cap nuts? That would work as well. Doesn't really
matter, just as long as we got some, some movement in there. And
then these little corner pieces, they're just going to pop in the holes
and this pin themselves in there. So I need to have them all in the same
spacing. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, nine, 10, 11, the short sides go
on these two pieces here. And then the long sides
are going to go down here. And then we can put our clamp on here. And this will self square. I've
been needing us for a long time, even though I waxed everything, I'm still
gonna put some wax paper underneath, just in case we can throw in our
frame again, the short sides here.

And then we'll put a little
bit of preasure with the clamp. Good. Everything is sitting flat against
the bench and we'll tighten this up. Cool. So we will let that sit and dry. It is the next day I've
got my artwork mounted. This is my sign off that
I say in every video. And then this is my fraction to
decimal two millimeter chart. I sell both of these posters on
my website. So go check that out. If you are interested, I went ahead and made a second one so I
can batch out more picture frames in the future. Possibly as Christmas gifts, I have plans for these
available on my website. So the one thing that I did upgrade
was this is this cheap squeeze clamp that I've had since
the beginning of woodworking.

And I've upgraded to
this higher end brand. And I could get a lot more pressure
on the jig and this one's just easier to use and easier to unlock. I'm not saying you need to get this
brand or any brand. I'm just saying, I feel like I'm going to
have more success with this. So just something to keep in mind. Also, we just shot a video for our
picture frame making sled. Yes, I made that video five years ago,
but we made some upgrades to that. And I wanted to share that with
you. I needed a better sled. There'll be a link to
that video down below, as well as a new video for my spline jig. We got three picture frame videos in
a row back to back to back to back. As woodworkers. We're going
to make picture frames. I like making picture frames and I
really haven't gotten too fancy with my picture frames. And that is something
I want to do later on in the year.

Like these are, these are
really, really simple. These are quick and easy to make, but we need to work with various
species and get some cool router profiles in there. So yeah,
we're going to do that. And these three jigs are going to come
in handy. That's gonna wrap it up. I've I've, I've talked enough at a time to get
off of YouTube and go make something. Thank you to Kencraft for supplying
the maple and the red Oak for this jig. Thank you to Squarespace for sponsoring
today's video as always be safe, have fun, stay passionate
and Make Something..

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