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Instead of purchasing a special clamping jig, I use simple shop-made gluing cleats to help assemble mitered frames. They allow me to get a tight joints with just ordinary clamps.
I start by cutting a couple of small triangular blocks of wood. Then each block is glued to the end of a strip of hardboard as you shown in Fig. 1.
To use the cleats simply clamp one to the mitered end of each workpiece as shown in Fig 2. You can stick a piece of adhesive backed sandpaper onto the cleats for a better grip (Fig. 1). After applying glue, I align the pieces and tighten a clamp across the two blocks to pull the joint tightly together (Fig. 2).
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