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jesinfla

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03-23-2016 03:45 PM

Hello all, novice here – big time – I have some questions and need some assistance if you will be so kind…

First off terms – I want to make some picture frames (actually I’m making display cases, but the outer door for the case is very much like a picture frame) with plexi glass – what is the groove called that the plexi-glass rests in?

What is the best way to cut that groove – I have a table saw, a dremel router (which I haven’t tried yet), a full size router (which I can’t seem to use properly)

Also, I’m using my table saw to cut the frame angles – I could probably do better if I made a jig for this. I’ve seen a frame/angle jig in my searches but haven’t found easy to understand plans on how to create it.

Thanks in advance for the help and guidance.

-- They said I could be anything... So I became Sarcastic! They also said making drawers is easy... I think they lied :(


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splintergroup

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#1 posted 03-23-2016 03:59 PM

The recess to hold the glass is called a groove (recess running parallel to the grain). A recess running cross-grain is called a rabbet.

You will need to make the groove deep enough to hold the glass and whatever method you intend to use to secure the glass into the frame.

If your frame has mitered corners, you can easily cut the groove with your table saw. A rip blade (has flat topped teeth which will make flat bottomed grooves) can be used to cut the groove in two passes.

There are plenty of on-line tutorials, the first one I found is here

There are plenty more.

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jesinfla

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#2 posted 03-23-2016 04:14 PM

Grooves adn Rabbets – that’s what I was looking for – thx
Rip blade – got it!

Thanks for the link also!

-- They said I could be anything... So I became Sarcastic! They also said making drawers is easy... I think they lied :(

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ravensrock

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#3 posted 03-23-2016 04:21 PM

I agree with what splintergroup said. Easiest for you setup would be a good blade and your table saw. Other option would be mounting your router in a table and use a straight bit or spiral upcut bit for the rabbets.

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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#4 posted 03-23-2016 04:35 PM

I’m new here and don’t want to ruffle any feathers but hate seeing a guy new to WW’ing getting bad info.
The groove with the grain of the wood along the edge is a rabbet.A groove cut cross grain is a dado.

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jesinfla

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#5 posted 03-23-2016 04:43 PM



I m new here and don t want to ruffle any feathers but hate seeing a guy new to WW ing getting bad info.
The groove with the grain of the wood along the edge is a rabbet.A groove cut cross grain is a dado.

- mako1


No worries – it’s all good – and thanks for the clarification

Thanks all for the replies – very helpful.

-- They said I could be anything... So I became Sarcastic! They also said making drawers is easy... I think they lied :(

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#6 posted 03-23-2016 05:06 PM

A dado is three sided channel in the middle of a workpiece no matter the direction. A rabbet is two sided at the edge, cross or with the grain:


the rabbeted end of the lid slides into the dado’d sides of the box

M

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splintergroup

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#7 posted 03-23-2016 08:26 PM

Sorry for the brain fart!

A groove) is a three side ‘trench’ running with the grain. A dado is the same, except it runs across the grain.

A rabbet is either a groove or dado with only 2 sides (cut on the edge of the board)..

The recesses for the glass in a picture frame are rabbets.

I typically never use the term ‘groove’ and always refer to the trenches as dados (as MadMark describes)

Phew!

Back to the picture frame display case lid:

Miter joints make poor glue joints. with a very simple jig you can make splined miter joints which are much stronger. Again, plans are everywhere.

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Rick M

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#8 posted 03-23-2016 10:47 PM

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