Framing Artwork with a Wood Frame: When to Use a Point Driver

We recommend using a point driver when securing artwork into a wood frame (but not for use with wood canvas floaters), to secure a linen liner into a wood frame, and also to secure a canvas stretcher bar into a wood frame.

FrameMaster and FlexiMaster point drivers

We have two different point drivers available. The FrameMaster Point Driver and the FlexiMaster Point Driver. The difference between the two is that the FlexiMaster uses flexible points that allow you to bend them and interchange the artwork without having the pull the points out.

using a point driver with a wood frame

To use the point driver, hold it firmly against the lip of the wood frame. Be sure to raise the end of it slightly so the point becomes embedded in the frame at a slight angle, to help hold the artwork more securely.

pulling the point driver back

After pulling the trigger, pull the point driver back away from the frame at the same angle that the point was inserted at (pulling up too far could cause the point to bend too much, causing the artwork to shift).

two types of points

Here is an example of the two different points that we offer. The black one is the FlexiMaster point while the silver one is the FrameMaster point.

flexi-point bent upwards

And here is an example of the Flexi point being bent upwards.

To see the PointDriver in action, you can watch our video.

Point Drivers and framer’s points can also be used to secure linen liners into wood frames and dry mounted canvases or works on paper into the liner. Using points for this method will only work as long as the depth of the linen liner is smaller than the rabbet of the frame and the thickness of the artwork is less than the rabbet of the linen liner.

linen liner in a wood frame

Place the linen liner into the frame, followed by the mounted artwork.

shims added to the frame

Add some kind of spacer or shim around the edges of the linen liner to be sure that it is centered inside the frame. Do the same to center the artwork inside of the liner.

inserting points into the liner and frame

Use the point driver to first secure the linen liner into the frame.  Now, use the point driver to secure the artwork inside the linen liner. The shims can now be removed.

Yet another useful application for the point driver is to secure a canvas stretcher bar into a wood frame. This method will only work if the rabbet of the frame is greater than the depth of the canvas. If the canvas sticks out above the back of the frame, try using Canvas Clips.

stretcher bar in a wood frame

Place the stretcher bar into the back of the frame. Note: our canvas does not have artwork attached to it for the purposes of showing this demonstration.

shims between the stretcher bar and the frame

Again, place spacers or shims between the canvas stretcher and the frame to keep the spacing uniform and the canvas stretcher centered in the frame. 

using a point driver on a canvas stretcher

Place one point in each side to prevent the canvas from shifting. Then, continuing around the frame, insert more points until the stretcher is secure in the frame. And you’re done!

Point drivers can be useful for a number of different applications. You can secure artwork into a frame as well as linen liners and stretched canvases.

AubreyK | 1/28/2014 10:31:08 AM | 2 comments
American Frame
Hi Penny,
Glad this tutorial was useful to you! We will be posting many others in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
1/30/2014 7:52:45 AM

Penny Duncklee
Excellent lesson AND illustration. Easy to understand. I am glad I have been a happy customer for many years.
1/29/2014 6:57:40 PM

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