How to assemble an uneven frame?

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Forum topic by christherookie posted 05-01-2017 07:18 PM 544 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-01-2017 07:18 PM

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My daughter wants me to build a large frame with the center being a sheet of galvanized steel hardware cloth so she can clip photos to it. But there is a wrinkle in the plan. Instead of four even sides…

She wants it to be shaped like a mountain. Think of a frame with a normal bottom edge but then the sides go up to form a few mountain tops. Seven pieces of wood total. Like this:

I don’t have a nail gun, so I’m wondering how to hold the wood together. My first thought was to use glue and then reinforce it with something on the back, but what? I’ve seen frame holders that look like a wavy piece of metal with a sharp edge.

What’s my best option?

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#1 posted 05-01-2017 07:25 PM

What about angled mortise and tenon?

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#2 posted 05-01-2017 07:37 PM

I recommend countersunk screws. You can
fill the holes with putty.

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#3 posted 05-01-2017 07:59 PM

Since it will be hung on the wall, maybe thin metal plates with screws.

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#4 posted 05-01-2017 08:02 PM

Thanks everyone! You’ve given me some ideas.

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#5 posted 05-02-2017 01:42 AM

If it were me, I’d probably half-lap the miter joints and just use glue. Or, you could just glue the mitered butt joints and reenforce them with mitre nails aka corrugated fasteners (those wavy pieces of metal with a sharp edge).

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