LumberJocks

How big of rabbets on large picture frame??

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 495 days ago 1496 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View C_PLUS_Woodworker's profile

C_PLUS_Woodworker

390 posts in 1413 days


495 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: oak arts and crafts

Making an Arts and Crafts/Mission-style oak frame. 3” rails and stiles. 20” x 18” inside measurements

How deep and wide should I make the rabbets for the glass and matte?

Also, glass thickness?

Thanks everyone.


10 replies so far

View pintodeluxe's profile

pintodeluxe

3041 posts in 1319 days


#1 posted 495 days ago

I have made several, and in fact am making one right now. I use 1/8” glass, 1/8” matting, and 1/16” backing, so I cut 5/16” deep rabbets. I cut them 1/4” wide, which is plenty to support the glass.
Good luck!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

View C_PLUS_Woodworker's profile

C_PLUS_Woodworker

390 posts in 1413 days


#2 posted 495 days ago

Thanks, Pinto

I am going to use 2 layers of matte

Is all matte 1/8 ?

View Ted's profile

Ted

1675 posts in 717 days


#3 posted 495 days ago

Seems the thickness of whatever is going into it would be how deep to make it. I’m not sure if window glass is the same, but double strength glass is 1/8” thick. Then there is the thickness of whatever is going into it, and the thickness of the backing, if any. If in doubt, I would tend to make the rabbet 1/4” deep by 1/4” wide. I don’t know if there is a standard for picture frame rabbets. Somebody else can chime in about that.

EDIT: Oops, looks like somebody done chimed in. :)

-- I support the 28th Amendment. http://www.wolf-pac.com/28th

View Jimbo4's profile

Jimbo4

1085 posts in 1269 days


#4 posted 495 days ago

Rabbit is normally 1/2” wide
Depth of rabbit depends on how many mats will be used, backing and, thickness of object to be framed.
For that size frame, single pane glass is ok.

( ex professional framer )

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

View C_PLUS_Woodworker's profile

C_PLUS_Woodworker

390 posts in 1413 days


#5 posted 495 days ago

Ted and RoseBud…........always glad for input….............thanks.

View Rick  Dennington's profile

Rick Dennington

3253 posts in 1700 days


#6 posted 495 days ago

Hey bud,

When I do picture frames (which is not often), I usually make the rabbit 3/8” deep, and 3/8” wide…..that will give you enough “lip” for the glass and mattes, plus a smigin for a small brad…...hopes this helps a little….

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

View Jimbo4's profile

Jimbo4

1085 posts in 1269 days


#7 posted 495 days ago

Just my two cents: Matte is french for the english version of mat. Matte is also a kind of glass with frosted finish, normally non-reflective.

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

View Ted's profile

Ted

1675 posts in 717 days


#8 posted 495 days ago

I think it boils down to whatever works for the given situation. I’m glad to know that 1/2” width is the professional standard. When in doubt, I will stick with what the pros do. 3/8×3/8 is also a good dimension. For a narrower frame, 1/2” might be too much.

On the few occasions I made frames, they have been built for a specific piece. The depth and width of the rabbet was dictated by that piece, plus the glass, and the backing, or matte, or mat… I think we all get the idea. Whatever works is the best way to go.

-- I support the 28th Amendment. http://www.wolf-pac.com/28th

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

109551 posts in 2083 days


#9 posted 495 days ago

Ditto on the every option is different if as an example if your going to put a framed canvas painting in a picture frame then you need a larger rabbit say 1/2×1/2” where a 1/8th in glass with matting may only need half of that.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View C_PLUS_Woodworker's profile

C_PLUS_Woodworker

390 posts in 1413 days


#10 posted 494 days ago

Thanks Guys…............really appreciate the guidance…...........and I love this site!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase