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Best Glue?

Jason Maranto

CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
Howdy Folks,

I'm looking for an opinion of the best glue for joining frames -- my criteria include:

Must be slightly flexible when dry.
Must be quick setting.
Must be easy to clean.

Preferable to not have toxic fumes.
Preferable to not need heat to use.

I've been using wood glue that more or less meets my needs in a a few of these catagories but I feel something better must be out there... I don't glue as often as I could because of the time waiting for setting and/or mess.

Thanks for any responses.

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Frank Larson

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
Framerica's CornerWeld. Available from everybody including L-J and United.


True Grumbler
Maxim! Comes in 1 minute and 5 minute set up. This stuff is strong, cleans easy, and stays where you put it with out leaving a gap, clear and stainable.


PFG, Picture Framing God
My vote is Corner Weld.



PFG, Picture Framing God
I'm gonna be washy wishy on this one.

I use both Maxim 5 minute and CornerWeld and like them both.

I actually like the Maxim a little better because it dries clear, the CornerWeld stays white when dry. But I can get CornerWeld easier than Maxim so I use more of the CW than the M.

That's the end of my story.


The King

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
I don't glue as often as I could because of the time waiting for setting and/or mess.
I hope that means you're using metal frames. If you're joining wood frames without glue, you're doing your customers a grave disservice. But I may have misunderstood the statement.

My vote goes for Corner Weld.

Jim Miller

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
3M Mini-Weld is the strongest glue I've ever seen, suitable for joining frames. It works like hotmelt, but dries like epoxy. There are three variations, and any of them would create a stronger bond than any typical frame glue I've ever used.

Mini-Weld requires some care, practice, and preparation to use, but when the strongest possible joint is needed, that's the best. For everyday general purposes, I recommend CornerWeld. It's easy to use, economical to buy, everyone seems to stock it, and it's very strong.

Ron's right, as usual -- you should ALWAYS glue wood frames. And you should always nail, too. A few framers think it's unnecessary to glue, and a few others think it's unnecessary to nail. Not so. Both glue and nails serve important purposes in the longevity of the frame's joints.
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