Doing your own framing is both rewarding and an imperial crapton cheaper than paying to have it done — assuming you have the right tools. One of the more necessary tools in framing is a framing and glazing gun, which attaches mattes to frames easily and accurately.
It works like a horizontal staple gun; the reversible head works with 1/2″ framing or 1/4″ glazing points. It drives points exactly parallel to and flush with picture backing or glass. It also reduces the chances of tearing any backing or of cracking the glass.
The driver has adjustable tension to allow you to choose your driving depth according to the type of wooden frame you are working with. Since the broad, flat points hold better than brads, you also need fewer of them to do the same job.
Street pricing starts at $88.