Re: Looking for some New Wood Frame assembly advice?
1. I use Elmers "Wood" glue. it being wood glue makes a difference. Wood moves the glue must also. I woudl still recommend a Titebond as the best. Gorilla is very good but messy as it foams up. You could end up having to clean up every frame you assemble. But the foaming action actually pushed the glue into the wood. I used it to fix a dowel into a block of wood. the glue came through nearly one inch of wood to foam up on the outer surface.
2. I don't use stables I use a finish nailer and 1 1/4 inch finish nails.
3. Two at each end through top bar into end bar. One from each side to pin the top bar to the side bars and one at each end through the bottom bar into the side bars. everything gets glued well.
b. I consider the nails through the side into the top bar the single most important nails in the lot. They are what keep a frame from getting the top pried off when removing from the hive. I have seen several examples where people put two nails here.
Angle, always as straight as possible but make sure you connect with solid material. So if you must angle a bit through the side bars to hit good solid wood in the top bar. do so but try to keep it as minimum as possible. Nails going into end grain do not hold as well as nails going sideways through grain. This is countered in my method in that the nail going into the end grain of the top bar is adding shear strength and does not need to resist pulling apart. The nails coming down through the top bar into the end bar are doing that.
4. give some attention to make a proper glue joint. not to loose but also not to tight. and you have half the battle won. Also learn and develop proper methods of gluing. I have never seen proper glueing technique used in any frame building demonstration. you apply glue to both surfaces that will be placed together for one. You also let the glue set and prime for a bit in some cases. I have never seen either demonstrated or explained.
Most common mistake people make in glueing. Starving the joint for glue or making the joint to tight. you didn't glue it if you didn't leave any glue in the joint.
Last edited by HarryVanderpool; 03-29-2017 at 07:10 AM.
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