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Gluing up picture frames can be tricky when the profiles are fancy. For awkward frame parts, try one of these clamping techniques. To grip the angled shape of the molding, use pinch clamps shown top left. (Right Angle Clamp, no. 149089, 800-225-1153 or woodcraft.com.) Flip the frame parts upside down, add glue, and then use the clamp spreader to attach the clamps to the back side of the frame. This method has two drawbacks. The clamps leave small indentations on the back side that you'll need to putty before finishing the frame. Second, by working from the back side, it's more difficult to confirm that the pieces are aligned.If you don't like dealing with dents, use stretchable tape to hold the pieces together. (X-Treme Tape Quick Clamp Wrap, #149887, with dispenser, 800-225-1153 or woodcraft.com.) Once again, with the pieces upside down, apply glue and stretch tape between the pieces, as shown center left. Although you assemble the frame upside down with this method, too, it's easy to turn the assembly back over, as shown below left, to check the joints without the risk of a clamp coming loose.—from the WOOD® shop