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assembling picture frames

I was wondering what other people use for picture frame joinery. In the past I used a v vice or free hand assembly with glue and brads on the corners but I'm not real satisfied with it. The brads often aren't real secure and I get tired of miguided brads shooting out in the worst places in smaller wood. Does anyone have experience using V nails in frames? and I was also considering one of these 4 corner ratchet straps they sell now.
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I have used a Kreg pocket hole many times on frames, seems to work well as long as the stock is more than 1/2" thick,

I think in the newest issue of Wood mag there are plans of a mitered lap joint that would work well, providing plenty of glue surface area, the front of the frame still has the miter look as well.
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I use a frame clamp with Titebond II. Rockler sells a couple of good clamps such as:

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...=frame%20clamp

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...=frame%20clamp

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...=strap%20clamp

I have one of each of these and they all work well. After your glue dries use some V-nails, like these:

http://www.framing4yourself.com/shop...logan-v-nails/

V-nails are tricky to hammer in. Practice on some scrap first. There are V-nail inserter tools, but I just use a hammer.

Good luck,

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Titebond II, and I wrap the frame around the perimeter with electrical tape
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I like to put a spline in each corner, after the glue sets.
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I use the Bessey strap clamps, easy to use and very sturdy. Plus you can buy extra corners for making octagon frames also.
I recently tried using gel ca glue and accelerator for a frame I needed in a hurry. I put gel on one piece and sprayed the accelerator on the other, then held it together until it set. Worked great in a pinch.
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Use 2P-10. Fast bond and strong, no clamps required.

Measure Twice Cut Once -- It's a lot easier to cut more off then it is to cut MORON.
Finishing is 3 parts chemistry and 1 part VooDoo http://lrgwood.com
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I often use V nails to assemble plastic picture frames rather than wood picture frames, it is easy to assemble plastic picture frames because it is not hard to put v nails into the mouldings. Guys if want to give a try to plastic picture frames, maybe can have a look at these plastic picture frame mouldings http://www.yixinframe.com/Moulding-44-1.html
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I've use tirtebond 2 or similar glue, Collins clamps and shoot a 18 ga Brad in the miters
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I think in the newest issue of Wood mag there are plans of a mitered lap joint that would work well, providing plenty of glue surface area, the front of the frame still has the miter look as well.
Last frame I made, was large 36"x48," I used mitered half laps. Was a lot of work, and I could have achieved the same look with my Kreg jig. Its one of those things though, I know the extra work that went into the frame.

You can see pictures here: http://steinswoodworks.weebly.com/na...art-frame.html

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I generally use TB and a Bessey band clamp.

If it's medium size/weight I may add some brads on the top and bottom.

If it's large size/weight a mitered half lap is really the best solution.
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I often use V nails to assemble plastic picture frames rather than wood picture frames, it is easy to assemble plastic picture frames because it is not hard to put v nails into the mouldings. Guys if want to give a try to plastic picture frames, maybe can have a look at these plastic picture frame mouldings http://www.yixinframe.com/Moulding-44-1.html
What do you use to cut the miters on the plastic moulding? I cut my picture frame miters on my table saw but I've had bad luck using plastic moulding because the saw blade melts the plastic during cutting and makes a mess.

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