The PushMaster and BenchMaster joining tools
Picture frames are joined with a V-Nail. This is the easiest method and it is what the professional picture framer uses. Our PushMaster joining tool, inserts V-Nails into the corner of the frame . Two V-Nails in each corner is usually all that is necessary.
The PushMaster can be used by hand alone on most wood mouldings, or tapped with a wooden mallet. The PushMaster can be upgraded to the BenchMaster which will insert V-Nails into the hardest of woods.
To ensure a tight and stable joint, use a good quality clamp like the diyframed steel strap clamp. Glue should be applied in the corners prior to V-Nailing, especially for larger frames.
The BenchMaster and PushMaster create a perfect join quickly and easily.
V-nails: How do they work?Upon entry, the sides of the V-Nail are deflected outwards. As it pulls back into its original shape, the join is pulled together. The little curl on the edge of the V-Nail locks the nail into the grain of the timber. Glue alone is not sufficient for strong stable joints, by adding a V-Nail you achieve a strong, tight joint.
Which V-Nail size . . . You use a V-Nail about 1/2 the moulding height.
Sizes are: 7mm - 1/4", 10mm - 3/8", 12mm - 1/2", 15mm - 5/8"
The BenchMaster is an alternative joiner, ideal for the busy home framer and hard wood moldings. It makes frame joining easier, quicker and gives a better join.
Choosing the right moulding to join
Always look or a moulding with a good straight back and not too flat on the surface. If the moulding has a bump or some raised section in the top surface it will cut and join easier than flat moulding. Rounded edges are better than sharp, tight angled corners.
Most mouldings are made from pine or Obeche which are soft grain timbers which cut and join well. Hard timbers like ram in are more difficult to work with.