fat fillets

B. Newman

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What do you do when your fillet is too fat for the rabbet of the frame? In other words, it doesn't allow the fillet to seat back where only the "decorative" part of the fillet shows at the lip of the frame. The flat "rabbet" of the fillet is too wide.

I could sand it off a little (it needs about 1/32") but without a guide on the sander, that is a little difficult.

Suggestions?
 

Baer Charlton

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I have a $5 garage sale block plane that is "scarey sharp". The sharpening jig was the expensive part; from Rockler.

The sharpening "stones" were strips of 400, 600, & 900 grit wet/dry emory cloth [sand paper] that I spray glued down to a piece of scrap glass.

Once you have the blade sharp enough to shave with, it will stay sharp all year.

I have a small board with a tiny backer-jig that leaves the "fat" tail hanging out where I can run the plane down it. About 5 minutes and I can fine tune a 20x30 fillet to fit a frame.

Yes, I deal with a company that makes the fillet "return" 3/8" wide.. great for mats... **** for frames.

When we order 100', he'll run it down on his table saw....
 

B. Newman

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Ah a block plane! I've got a dandy antique one!


Edit: just don't let it plane down the side of your thumb...
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not too bad - just a nice little slice. Oh well, another scar to add to the collection...
 

Bill Henry-

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The planing idea is probably the best, but I would have a difficult time securing it in a vise since all I have in the shop are right angle vises. I would be afraid of squishing the decorative part if I tried to clamp it in one of those.

How about creating a jig and scoring the heck out of it with an XActo knife?
 

Framerguy

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I recently ran into a similar problem but it had to do with the vertical thickness of the fillet. It was so thick that I couldn't get it under the stop on my FrameSquare fillet chopper. I had to scive the end down to fit it under the stop so I could get an accurate chop.

Two of the really bad ones are from Decor, #9159 and #9175, these puppies are 5/16" thick on the returns!! 2 thicknesses of eighth inch foamcore won't fill the void behind those things!!

That's just not right.
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Framerguy
 

B. Newman

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As I was looking for a piece of wood to create a jig, I found a length of metal clad molding that was just the perfect depth to put the fillet into and then plane off the part that stuck out.


Worked great!
 
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