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How to Assemble Floater Frames

By January 26, 2020November 3rd, 2021No Comments

How to Assemble Floater Frames

Glue floater frame

Most floater frames are too thin to be assembled with a slot and peg system. Rather, they are assembled by gluing and clamping. Here’s how…

Preparation: Place the four frame sections on the work surface relative to each other. Open your band clamp and create a loop large enough to surround the frame. Place the corner brackets near where each joint will come together. Have close at hand two rags, one wet and one dry.

Glue floater frame
Joining: Place a small dot of wood glue on each miter face and spread it thinly and evenly over the miter. Do this in succession at each joint. Then press the four corners together.
Place corner brackets
Bring the corner brackets against the corners of the frame.


Tigthen band clamp on floater frame
Tighten the band clamp by pulling the band through the housing.
Tighten band clamp
Continue tightening the band clamp around the frame. As the clamp tightens, some glue may squeeze out at the joint. Wipe away any squeeze-out with a wet rag, followed by a dry rag. Wait for the glue to dry (60 min) before loading the frame.

Get a Glue and Assembly Kit for Floater Frames

See How to Measure for Floater Frames

See How to Mount Art in Floater Frames

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