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Differences in Vnail Grind Types

Did you ever wonder about the different types of V-nails?


You might have to use a microscope to see the difference, but….

SPT or Softwood nails are sharpened on the inside edge only, also they have a sharper angle grind to “cut” thru rather than push.

Softwoods such as poplar, pine and cedar generally have a more open grain and require a sharper v-nail to join the molding.

You would also use softwood v-nails for plastic/polystyrene frame molding.


HPT or Hardwood v-nails are sharpened on both edges to counter the resistance of such woods.

Hardwood nails have a blunter grind as well.

Hardwoods such as oak, ash, hickory, cherry, maple, and walnut have a tighter grain and require a blunt v-nail to join the molding.


MDF nails are slightly thicker than the hard or soft to “push” into and push aside the Fiberboard particles


vNail Grind Types

AMP Color Identification Chart for V-Nail Types

SW (Transparent)

MW/HW (Green)

HDF (Red)

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How to Use Our V-Nails: A Brief Guide


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.

Installing V-Nails

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.

4 Custom Picture Framing Trends For Framing Companies


Interior design never stops moving; new trends are always catching. This is very much the case for custom picture framing trends as homeowners look for fresh and creative ways to add to the aesthetics of their space.

Photographs and art help to preserve important memories and associations for us. Where we choose to hang them in our homes and the frames that we use are just as important as the pictures that we are choosing.

In this blog post, we will take a look at four exciting picture framing trends that are already proving to be popular in 2021. Keep reading to learn more about what you should know going forward.


1. Shadow-Box

Simply put, a shadow-box is an enclosed glass-front display case that contains an object, typically with personal or artistic significance. Shadow-boxes are highly versatile, and they are becoming increasingly popular as custom picture frames.

Shadow-boxes have an aesthetic beauty that truly highlights important memorabilia or images. As they are generally deeper than traditional frames, they tend to draw a person deeper into the photograph or art piece held within.

The amount of white space within the frame is very versatile with shadow-boxes, as is the actual size of the shadow-box frame itself.

2. Float Frames

As the name suggests, float frames create the appearance of the artwork floating within the frame. This can create the feeling of three-dimensional depth for the viewer and really add to the beauty of a room or space.

Float frames usually pair with canvas artwork, and the frame plays an integral part in the overall visual appeal. The ability to be creative and incorporate the wall color behind the frame into the effect makes this an increasingly popular trend in modern homes.

For the best picture framing supplies for float frames (and others), choose Piel Associates.

3. Leather Frames

Leather frames are durable and versatile, given the different colors and textures possible.

High-quality leather frames are a timeless addition to any home or office and make for a wonderful birthday or anniversary gift. Leather frames are proving popular again in 2021, combining a vintage and natural feel that is also truly artistic.

4. Corner Frames

Corner picture frames add incredible visual depth to spaces by fitting into the corners of rooms or wrapping around the angles of walls. They can make an excellent focal point for any space.

Corner frames are more intricate than traditional ‘flat’ frames but create stunning visual effects that add to the feel of any room. We expect that this exciting trend will continue in 2021.

Choose Us for Your Custom Picture Framing Tools & Supplies

For more than 20 years, Piel Associates has provided a quality picture framing service for our clients. The above custom picture framing trends are sure to attract more and more attention and interest as 2021 progresses.

For more information on our range of supplies and tools, contact our friendly team here. We look forward to talking with you.