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How to assemble American Traditional Stretcher?

1) Clear a flat surface and lay out all the components.
2) Intersect the top crossbar to the bottom crossbar.
3) Insert the tenon of one crossbar to the mortice of a stretcher bar.
4) Repeat step 3 to the remaining stretcher bars.
5) Gently tap all the corners and crossbar joints with a rubber mallet until they are tightly fit together and are prefectly alligned at the corners.
6) Measure the diagonals to ensure the frame is square.
7) Secure the overlap joint by inserting screws to the top crossbar.
8) The frame is now ready for stretching. Insert keys after the canvas is stretched.
9) Tie or apply wax to keys prevent keys from falling out.