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11-15-2015 11:05 PM

I am an artist and make my own picture frames.
So, I have to make a lot of rabbets. What is your preference: the table saw, or router?
Thanks, Derek

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#1 posted 11-15-2015 11:24 PM

I make frames for my scroll saw portraits and found that using the router table works best for me. Easier to setup and generally leaves a cleaner cut.


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#2 posted 11-16-2015 04:02 AM

“A lot” of anything and I head to the table saw. Typically for rabbets I put a stacked dado under the edge of a sacrificial fence board. If possible, run the rabbet alongside an entire board and cut lengths needed from the already rabbeted board. Much easier than handling small pieces.

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#3 posted 11-16-2015 04:17 AM

^ +1

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#4 posted 11-16-2015 06:20 AM

+1 on the table saw, much easier for me since I dont have my router set up right now either.

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#5 posted 11-16-2015 01:32 PM

Thanks gentlemen.
I’m going to give both a try.
My router is not on a table at the moment.

Appreciate it. Derek

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#6 posted 11-16-2015 01:49 PM

However you do it be careful the wood you will be using tends to be narrow so you need safety equipment to prevent an accident. As others have said I would cut the rabbet first and then cross cut, but the entire piece will still be narrow.

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#7 posted 11-16-2015 01:57 PM

If you need narrow pieces, cut the profile on a wider board and then rip it off. You may just save your fingers or at least your nerves.

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#8 posted 11-16-2015 02:23 PM

WoodNS and Don: my frames are usually about 1by3s or wider as a base and I cross cut the stock on the chop saw first. The frames are usually no bigger then 16×20.
I really appreciate your thoughts about safety. Always the first concern. Thanks guys.

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#9 posted 11-16-2015 03:06 PM

I prefer the router. I either use hold downs or after assembled, use a router with a bit and bearing and a spacer block attached with double sided tape to keep it balanced. I quickly go around the interior, and finish of the corners with a chisel. It makes for a consistent line and is quick. Of course many ways to skin a cat!

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