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assembly of wainscoating frame

I'm wainscoating a room in my house and am planning to assemble the frames on my shop prior to attaching to the wall. Originally I thought biscuits would be the best joinery but then realized that I would need a number of really long clamps to accomplish it(which I don't have). I have now been thinking that pocket screw assembly on the back will work just fine. Has anyone ever done it this way before ?
Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
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what do you consider "Really Long" ??
there are several ways to apply pressure in gluing stuff together.
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Here is an example of the wainscoting in our house. Spouse deserves all the credit. I helped, but only superficially. We gave her a miter saw for Mother's Day a long time ago. It was the smartest investment I ever made. ;-)

The walls were painted. The chair rail, baseboard, and frames were attached using a hammer and finish nails, then punched down, filled, sanded, caulked, and painted. Totally old school. Spouse put them up 14 years ago.

There is zero joinery. Zero biscuits. Zero screws. Zero clamps and zero glue. Zero assembly. Each piece of each frame was nailed separately to the wall. Nobody ever noticed that the frames surround empty wall.

If I had done it, it would have taken triple the time and effort and achieved worse results. :-(
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Kreg have a video of this on their site. Demonstrating pocket holes.
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True wainscotting is frame and panels as the OP mentions. Best for natural wood. If painted, often times faux wainscotting (trim attached to walls), as ToolAgnostic illustrates. BTW, I've been in $1M+ homes with faux wainscotting very elegant when done right.



IMO, for frame and panel, pre-assembly using pocket screws is the best way to go. You can assemble multiple panels. I've seen guys build 16' walls right on the job site.
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A bit late,assembly of wainscoating frame-20190406_230206_1569025783126.jpg but these are pocket screwed together
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Here is an example of the wainscoting in our house. Spouse deserves all the credit. I helped, but only superficially. We gave her a miter saw for Mother's Day a long time ago. It was the smartest investment I ever made. ;-)

The walls were painted. The chair rail, baseboard, and frames were attached using a hammer and finish nails, then punched down, filled, sanded, caulked, and painted. Totally old school. Spouse put them up 14 years ago.

There is zero joinery. Zero biscuits. Zero screws. Zero clamps and zero glue. Zero assembly. Each piece of each frame was nailed separately to the wall. Nobody ever noticed that the frames surround empty wall.

If I had done it, it would have taken triple the time and effort and achieved worse results. :-(

You have a talented wife who deserves praise. She did your wainscoting exactly the same way I did mine. Much simpler than assembly in shop.


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You have a talented wife who deserves praise. She did your wainscoting exactly the same way I did mine. Much simpler than assembly in shop.
Agreed, Spouse is special and I feel blessed to share my life with her. I got the better part of the deal. One time I mentioned that she found a #4 hand plane for me at a thrift store, and someone here wrote, "And you have a spouse that keeps a look out for tools, lucky guy." True, that.
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