Are you completing a project that calls for v-nails or wondering what they are?
We’ve put together a guide on using v-nails to make a picture frame, complete with tips on what kind of v-nails to use and what tools are available for a successful installation.
Continue reading to learn more about v-nails and how to use them.
What Are V-Nails?
V-nails are most commonly known as a type of nail that is used to bind the corners of a picture frame.
These nails are pushed, sharp edge first, into the corner joint of the frame by manual tools. There are several types and sizes of v-nails, available to suit any project you’re completing.
If you’re working with harder wood types such as Walnut, Cherry, Maple, and Ash, you’ll need Hard Power Twist v-nails. Alternatively, if you’re completing a frame using softer wood, such as Cedar, Poplar, and Banak, the Soft Power Twist v-nails will be best for you.
These different types of v-nails also work with materials such as Hard Fiberboard or plastic. The sizes of v-nails range from 5mm to 15mm, offering you a substantial variation to choose from.
Installing v-nails can be difficult, but with the right tools, you won’t have any issues.
Helpful Tools to Install V-Nails With
If you’re unfamiliar with installing v-nails or you only occasionally use them, using a manual tool will help you complete your frame easily.
One of the most simple tools to use for installing v-nails is a handheld tool that magnetically holds your v-nails, allowing you to simply push the staple into the frame using the tool.
If you’re a frequent user of v-nails and you’re searching for a handy tool to do the job for you, there are joiners and nailers that powerfully and seamlessly drive v-nails into your projects.
You can find most of these tools in your local hardware or department store. Of course, you can drive v-nails into your frames without extra tools, but this can be difficult to do without splintering the material you’re working with.
How to Use V-Nails in a Frame
Since v-nails are most commonly used in picture framing, this guide exemplifies how to install v-nails in a frame successfully.
Prepare your project by first cutting your material into 4 frame edges, gathering the v-nails of your choice, having wood glue on hand, and choosing what tool you’ll use.
1. Prepare the edges of your cut frame by applying wood glue on each end and spreading it evenly.
2. Join the glued ends of your frame together.
3. Position your v-nail against the lined-up frame edge.
4. Using a tool you’ve chosen or a hammer, firmly drive the v-nail into the joined edge. Repeat this for all 4 edges of the frame.
5. Add another v-nail towards the center of the joined frame on each side, completing the frame with 8 v-nails installed.
6. Tighten the frame with a band or clamp for at least 30 minutes to let the glue dry.
You’ve now successfully completed a frame with v-nails.
Completing a Project With V-Nails
Whether you’re experienced with v-nails or not, learning more about the nail and what it does is useful. V-nails are great to use when building picture frames.
By consulting our brief guide, you’re able to finish your own project today. If you’re looking for the right v-nails for you, take a look at our page or contact us to get a quote today.