How to assemble Stretcher Frames With Universal Braces

 

“Just received the stretchers and put them together. The new stock brace system is great, nice materials.  Now I need to place another order ……”

Michael Bromley: Professional Artist,  Regina,  Saskatchewan

 

Stretcher Frame Components

Stretcher Frame Components (supplied):
stretcher bars, braces, brace mounting brackets, screws and keys

Tools Required:
rubber mallet, Phillips or Robertson (#2) screwdriver, measuring tape

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Universal-Brace-markers

 

The first step is to fasten the brackets to the stretcher bars.

Insert the provided 1-½" screws into the two holes in the bracket. Each stretcher bar 36" and over will be marked with two small indents near the center of the bar for aligning the bracket using the screws. (The exception to this is the 72" Professional stretcher bars which will be marked for two braces each).

 

When installing brackets on our Standard or Professional stretcher bars, make sure the back edges of the bar and bracket are flush, as shown. This provides the maximum "setback" (space) between the canvas and braces.

For our Gallery bars, the bracket should be centered on the inner edge.

Bracket alignment for various stretcher bar profiles


Dados cut into cross-braces allow them to nest together

 

Next, assemble any cross-braces.

All braces 36" and longer will come with "dado joints" cut into them that allow the braces to nest together flush when crossed. Use the supplied ½" screw and sleeve nut to fasten each nesting pair during assembly.


The pieces are now prepared and you can start putting the frame together, as below: