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Forum topic by MikeOB posted 09-03-2011 01:46 AM 1153 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-03-2011 01:46 AM

I have the 3 main sides of a cabinet I’m working on and for some reason I’m off about a 1/16” or so too wide on my top rail of the face frame. Is a belt sander the best option here to make it even or handsanding?


-- Mike, Portage, WI

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#1 posted 09-03-2011 02:23 AM

If I’m understanding correctly, your faceframe is hanging 1/16” over your cab carcass. Trim it off with a flush cut trim bit in your router if you want the faceframe flush with side. That way it’s flat and square. Sanding can be a bit iffy for accuracy.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 09-03-2011 04:01 AM

I understand…my issue is when I go to put the top on it not being level…would this same method work?

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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#3 posted 09-03-2011 05:56 AM

Along Gary’s thinking, if the problem is with a side and you need to trim of the board ends, a router is still your best option. Make use of a straight edge carefully set so you only take 1/16” off. You can also do this along the face board or stretcher, but you may find clamping space at a premium for this. In this case, I would mark my cut with a knife (pencil mark is to thick) and I would use a hand plane or preferably a cabinet scraper to take that 1/16” off.

That’s what I would do… I’m sure others would do differently and they may say so. Chose the method you’re comfortable with!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#4 posted 09-03-2011 07:29 AM

Bernie and Gary are about right. Sanding accurately is chancy, and sanding 1/16” is a lot of work.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#5 posted 09-03-2011 02:08 PM

thanks guys

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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