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Forum topic by ebbflow posted 05-06-2014 10:08 PM 851 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ebbflow

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05-06-2014 10:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ipe ironwood picture frames v-nails framing hardwood

Hi there,

I’m working to frame some original artwork in Ipe for a friend’s tattoo shop, but the Logan ‘hard wood’ V-nails I have keep folding over as I attempt to insert them.

I am driving them vertically- I don’t have a V-nail driver, but I overcame this by putting a lug nut (flat end down) in the chuck of my drill press and attaching a rare earth magnet to hold my V-nails to it, then bringing it down. They’re simply not tough enough for the Ipe wood.

Anybody know a brand that might do the job? Thanks

-- "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in." -Greek proverb


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#1 posted 05-15-2014 01:38 PM

Ipe is pretty tough stuff, you might want to consider cutting each miter and installing a spline with a good quality glue.

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#2 posted 05-15-2014 11:10 PM

Thanks. I’m a new woodworker. I just looked up some jigs for cutting splines. I think that’ll work well and look sharp too.

-- "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in." -Greek proverb

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#3 posted 05-15-2014 11:48 PM

Clean the Ipe with mineral spirits or acetone. Let it dry. Do it again. Ipe is reputed as being very difficult to glue. Cleaning it thoroughly is important.

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