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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-17-2010, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Default Wood & Joinery for Hinged Frame?

My local church leader asked me to make a bifold presentation frame for his office.The panels within the frame will be magnetic whiteboard. One frame will be bolted to a wall, the other will swing out on a piano hinge. The magnetic whiteboard will have a quite a few "refrigerator magnet" type pieces on it, so the panels will tend to be heavy.

What kind of wood should I used to create the frame? It has to be strong, and workable enough for a weekender like me. Oak? Ash? Hickory?

What kind of joinery should I use on the corners to support the weight of the hinged parts of both frames? Half-lap, mortise and tenon? Lapped miter? steel corner ell-bracket?

Both frames will be about 36 inches wide by 48 inches tall.

Your suggestions would be appreciated.

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Your wood choices seem fine. Is there any other wood in the room where this will be mounted? If the frame will be painted you could use popular. Machines well. For stain grade I would use one of your other choices. Many churches seem to use oak.

As for joinery mortise & tenon is a good solid strong joint. Glue & pockets screws work real well but for this application they would show. Your first 3 choices are all decent. The steel L- brackets would look like you cut corners & went the cheap way & I don't think they would look good aesthetically.

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